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Complainant Name:
Dr S Newton

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Dr S Newton complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code in publishing an article that inaccurately suggested that the type of chlamydia that infects koalas can be transferred to humans; and that transmission can happen through urine.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction in its dedicated corrections and clarifications column and ran a similar wording online:

In a story published on April 21, 2012, we told how One Direction had been warned of catching chlamydia after cuddling koalas at a zoo. We have been asked to make clear that the particular strain of chlamydia which can be passed from koalas to other species is airborne and not sexually transmitted.

Date Published: 02/08/2012

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