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Complainant Name:
Mark MacLachlan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Record


Mark MacLachlan complained that the newspaper had published and article on 19 November which reported that Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, was "doing fine" in Libya three months after having been released from prison in Scotland on compassionate grounds. The article was illustrated by a photograph of Mr al-Megrahi, apparently in better health, said, in the caption, to have been taken the day before. The complainant argued that the caption was incorrect as the image was, in fact, a cropped version of a photograph that had been taken in August 2009 on the ex-prisoner's return to Tripoli.


The newspaper accepted from an early stage that the caption was incorrect and, following mediation by the PCC between the complainant and newspaper, an appropriate wording was negotiated and a correction appeared on page two of the publication. The text was as follows:

Megrahi Picture

On Now 19, 2009, we published a report about the health of the "Lockerbie Bomber" headlined "Megrahi's doing fine". It was accompanied by an image of al-Megrahi that was said to have been taken "yesterday". We would like to make it clear to readers that the photograph was, in fact, taken in August 2009.

Date Published: 29/06/2010

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