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Complainant Name:
Mark Johnson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mark Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Ballistics at the University of Kent, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the newspaper had published an article about sporting guns but had illustrated it with a photograph of a handgun, which have been prohibited in the UK since 1997. He was concerned that the photograph would mislead readers.


The newspaper accepted that the stock image was published in error after it was labelled incorrectly within its archive. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper took the following steps: it removed the photograph from its image library; it deleted the photograph from the article; and it appended the following corrective footnote to the piece:

An earlier version of this article contained an image of a woman pointing a handgun captioned: 'Backdoor move: Sporting gun users accused the police of trying to cut the number of gun owners'. We would like to make clear that handguns have been prohibited in the UK since 1997.

Date Published: 09/07/2013

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