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Complainant Name:
Ms Jane Fae

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Ms Jane Fae complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the article included a number of inaccuracies in regard to proposed guidelines for searches of transgender prisoners. She was concerned that the article incorrectly stated that prisoners were required to undergo strip searches and intimate searches; that it inaccurately referred to the guidelines as "new" and implied that they were official rules rather than proposals; that it falsely implied that squat searches had recently been banned for female prisoners; and that it incorrectly stated that any male to female transgender individual could request to be searched by a female - this only applied to those at a fairly advanced stage of the process.

Resolution:

Although the complainant maintained that aspects of the article were misleading, the complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following statement in the online article:

"Jane Fae, a writer on political and gender issues, said: ‘At present no prisoner, of either gender, is asked to undergo intimate searches and it is wrong to conclude that just anyone who identifies as transsexual may automatically opt out of various degrees of search."

It also published the following letter in the newspaper:

Further to your article about new guidelines for transsexuals in relation to individual searches in prison (Dec 13), at present no prisoners, of either gender, are asked to undergo intimate searches and it is wrong to conclude that anyone who identifies as transsexual may automatically opt out of various degrees of search.

Jane Fae
Deeping St James
Cambs.

Date Published: 24/02/2011



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