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Complainant Name:
A man

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Record

Complaint:

A man complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about a man who had been detained indefinitely at the State Hospital, Carstairs, was inaccurate in referring to him as having been "caged". The complainant said this type of language was likely to increase the stigma attached to mental illness. The PCC's guidance on reporting mental health issues specifically refers to the term "caged" as being inaccurate as a description of a person who has been detained in a secure hospital.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated an amendment to the online version of the article, so that the word "caged" was changed to "detained". A member of the PCC's staff discussed the matter with key editorial staff at the newspaper.

Date Published: 17/05/2011



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