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Complainant Name:
Mark MacLachlan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Record

Complaint:

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.

Resolution:

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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