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Complainant Name:
Ms Farah Ahmed

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Evening Standard

Complaint:

Ms Farah Ahmed is a trustee of the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation - a charity which runs Muslim faith schools - and the head teacher of the organisation's Slough-based school. She complained to the Press Complaints Commission, on behalf of the ISF, that articles in the two newspapers - reporting that "members of Hizb ut-Tahrir", a "militant Islamic group" had received over 100,000 of public money to run schools - contained inaccuracies and misled readers. She said that, in fact, parents of pupils at ISF schools had claimed education grants to which they were entitled, and that the ISF had no links to Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Resolution:

The newspapers said that the articles were based on a story published by the Sunday Telegraph. The complaint was resolved when the PCC helped to negotiate publication of the following clarification:

An article of 26 October 2009 stated that Hizb ut-Tahrir was given 113,000 of public money to run schools. In fact, the money was given in the form of the nursery education grant, to the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation; a registered charity which maintains that it is not an extremist group, is independent from any other organisation and has no links with Hizb ut-Tahrir. We are happy to clarify the situation.

Both newspapers also removed the online version of the articles from their websites, and noted the complainant's concerns for future reference.

Date Published: 10/06/2010



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