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Complainant Name:
Alexander Anderson

Clauses Noted: None

Publication: Press & Journal (Aberdeen)


Alexander Anderson complained on behalf of the Office of the First Minister of Scotland to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a misleading reference in a leader to remarks from the office of the First Minister on the issue of wind farms, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The newspaper did not accept any breach of the Code and said the leader had appeared on the same day as news coverage that had provided the context of the remarks. Nonetheless, in order to resolve the matter it published a clarification in the following terms:

An editorial comment on October 11 in the Press and Journal referred to a comment from First Minister Alex Salmond's office on windfarm policy. It stated that they would not be distracted by any amount of "noise or foot stamping". The first minister's office has asked us to point out that the comment was made solely in response to criticism of a project in Aberdeen Bay by the Trump Organisation and did not relate to complaints about other wind turbine projects by members of the general public.

The complaint was resolved on that basis.

Date Published: 08/02/2013

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