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Complainant Name:
Dr Paul Baker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Independent


Dr Paul Baker complained that the newspaper had published a comment piece containing the inaccurate claim that there has never been an incidence of HIV infection in the UK porn industry. The complainant pointed out that according to the BBC's Newsnight television programme, four men in the UK have been diagnosed with HIV after having unprotected sex as part of a gay porn shoot.


The newspaper explained the reasoning behind the comment and, while it did not accept that the piece contained a factual error, the complaint was resolved when the newspaper appended the following clarifying statement to the online article:

There has never been an incidence of HIV infection in the UK heterosexual porn industry, although there have been cases reported in the UK gay porn industry as well as in the US.

Date Published: 21/04/2011

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