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Complainant Name:
The Professional Interpretersí Alliance

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


The Professional Interpreters' Alliance (PIA) complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article that had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The complainant objected to the article's report that sixty per cent of its members had boycotted court work because of poor working conditions, and it emphasised that this figure related to the Registered Public Service Interpreters who had refused to service the Ministry of Justice Framework Agreement with Capita/ALS.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

Following our article, ‚ÄėTrial collapses after interpreter translates ‚Äėbeaten' as ‚Äėbitten' (16 April) we have been asked to make clear that 61.6% of Registered Public Service Interpreters refuse to service the MoJ Framework Agreement with Capita/ALS.

Date Published: 13/07/2012

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