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Complainant Name:
Mr Michael Kinsky

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Michael Kinsky complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an online article which breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the article, which reported on hooliganism at the start of the Euro 2012 football tournament, had included a photograph of knives confiscated from Polish hooligans by police but had failed to make clear that the photograph had been taken two years earlier and was therefore unconnected to the tournament. The article also included photographs of Polish police detaining an individual but again failed to make clear that the incident has occurred prior to the tournament.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the photograph of the knives; the amendment of the captions of the photographs depicting an individual being detained by the police; and the publication of the following footnote to the article:

A photograph depicting knives confiscated from Polish football hooligans has been removed from the article after we were informed that the photograph was taken in 2010 and was unrelated to Euro 2012. The article has also been amended to make it clearer to the reader that the images of the Polish police were taken during an operation ahead of the tournament.

Date Published: 28/08/2012

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