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Complainant Name:
Mr Stephen Bevan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Epsom Guardian


Mr Stephen Bevan complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had inaccurately reported that while serving as an RAF sergeant in Afghanistan, he had used his language skills to listen to the Taliban and al-Quaeda.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction in the newspaper:

"Our article of 7 February, which reported that former RAF sergeant Steve Bevan had taken over Flowerwise Florist in Epsom, claimed that "Mr Bevan who speaks Arabic and Pashto - a language spoken both in Afghanistan and Pakistan - used to fly in a high-tech Nimrod over Afghanistan listening in on the radio communications of al-Quaeda and the Taliban". Mr Bevan has asked us to make clear that he flew over Afghanistan on one occasion in 2001, prior to his completing language courses. He has never said that his language skills were used to "listen to the Taleban or al-Quaeda". We are happy to clarify the position and apologise for any confusion caused."

Date Published: 16/08/2013

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