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Complainant Name:
Ben Dickson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Ben Dickson complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article on the subject of migration which was illustrated by a mislabelled data table. The data table listed figures for total population density under the heading "Non EU citizens to each square kilometre". The complainant was concerned that as a result of the error readers would be misled into thinking that Britain was home to many more non-EU immigrants than was actually the case.

Resolution:

On receiving the complaint, the newspaper immediately removed the incorrect table from its website. The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following wording online:

This article has been amended. It previously contained a graphic that correctly listed the latest annual number of non-EU nationals admitted to each of ten European countries. However, a second table was wrongly headed "Non EU citizens to each square kilometre" instead of "Number of people to each square kilometre". We are happy to correct this point.

The newspaper also agreed to publish the following clarification in its print edition alongside a relevant story on Europe and migration:

On 19th Jan we published a graphic to illustrate a story headlined "Britain is migrant magnet of Europe". The graphic correctly listed the latest annual number of non-EU nationals admitted to each of ten European countries. However, a second table was wrongly headed "Non EU citizens to each square kilometre" instead of "Number of people to each square kilometre". We are happy to correct this point.

Date Published: 18/03/2011



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