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Complainant Name:
Neil Turner

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Neil Turner complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article reporting that a child had been killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. Around three months after publication a report by the UN Human Rights Council concluded that the death was a result of what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of its intended target and, as such, the complainant argued that the article - which remained on the newspaper's website - was be misleading to readers in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The newspaper pointed out that at the time of publication, the article related to a developing news story. However, it accepted that the information in the article required updating. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper amended the online article and appended the following footnote to the piece:

When this article was first posted it said that an Israeli air strike was responsible for the death of the child. It has since been amended in the light of a UN Human Rights Council report which suggested that the child was killed by what "appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel".

Date Published: 25/04/2013

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