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Complainant Name:
Mr David Pollock

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

Mr David Pollock complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article, which reported on monetary awards in cases against the United Kingdom before the European Court of Human Rights, had inaccurately suggested that the total sum for such awards was the figure paid out as compensation when this had in fact included legal costs, and that this had exclusively been paid to criminals, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

Resolution:

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

"Human rights court compensation:

A report on Oct 8 stated that since 1998 4.4m in compensation has been paid by the UK to claimants under rulings by the European Court of Human Rights. In fact, around 1.7m represented compensation; lawyers' costs and expenses accounted for the remainder. We also wish to make clear that awards of compensation and costs were made to a range of claimants as well as to criminals."

Date Published: 15/11/2013



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