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Complainant Name:
National AIDS Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror

Complaint:

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.

Resolution:

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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