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Complainant Name:
Scottish Secular Society

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Scotsman


The Scottish Secular Society complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice. The complainant said that the article had incorrectly stated that the Society had called for religious observance to be scrapped; that its petition had been rejected by the Scottish Government; and that the National (rather than Scottish) Secular Society had lodged the petition at Holyrood.


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

In an article published on 1 November headlined 'Pupils to get religious guidance despite protests' it was incorrectly stated that a petition at the Scottish Parliament calling for an opt-in system was lodged by the National Secular Society. The petition was lodged by the Scottish Secular Society. Furthermore, we would like to clarify that the petition did not call for religious observance in schools to be scrapped, and that the petition had not been rejected by the Scottish Government.

Date Published: 19/12/2013

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