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Complainant Name:
Sarah Reid

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Midlothian Advertiser

Complaint:

Sarah Reid complained that the newspaper had published inaccurate coverage regarding the alleged financial difficulties faced by a charity based in Dalkeith, Scotland. She raised a number of concerns, particularly about the way in which the report described lives of certain users of the charity and complaints that had been made about particular individuals who worked for it.

Resolution:

The newspaper's position was that the article was broadly accurate and the relevant individuals had been given an opportunity to comment within the original piece and a follow-up item. However, it accepted that there was one error in the article and, after the correct authorisation was obtained from the relevant individual, the following wording was published:

In the October 20 edition of the Advertiser we carried a report about the Mark Wright Project and quoted Alan Turnbull as saying: "...it saved my marriage." We have been asked to point out that this should have read "...it saved my relationship." We apologise for this error and any offence caused.

The complaint was resolved on that basis.

Date Published: 06/01/2012



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