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Complainant Name:
National AIDS Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror


Ms Charli Scouller, Communications Manager at the National AIDS Trust, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had stated inaccurately that a man had been jailed for "deliberately" infecting an ex-lover with HIV. In fact, he had been jailed for "recklessly" transmitting the virus, which was a separate offence under the Offences Against The Person Act.


The newspaper accepted that the man's conviction was for "recklessly" transmitting HIV, but said that the Judge had stated that his risk taking was "pre-meditated". However, it removed the word "deliberately" from the online article, annotated its records and circulated the organisation's media guidelines. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Date Published: 05/12/2011

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