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Complainant Name:
Mr Kevin Pringle

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Post


Mr Kevin Pringle, on behalf of the Scottish National Party, complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which he considered had inaccurately suggested that the First Minister would be implementing the recommendation of the McCluskey report, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was also concerned that the article had misleadingly suggested a link between the McCluskey report and the announcement of SNP plans to produce a campaign publication in the run up to the independence referendum, and a description of the campaign publication as "Pravda-like".


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

On 17 March, we published a story under the headline "Salmond gags press then launches his own paper". We wish to point out that this related to the recommendations of an Expert Group which did not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government, and that since then the Scottish Parliament has unanimously agreed to Scotland's participation in a UK-wide Royal Charter for the regulation of the press, subject to its amendment to reflect properly Scotland's devolved responsibilities, Scots law and Scottish circumstances. We are happy to place on the record that the SNP launching a campaign publication for the independence referendum is unrelated to the issue of press regulation.

Date Published: 10/06/2013

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