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Complainant Name:
Mr Zahid Darr

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 6

Publication: The Sun


Mr Zahid Darr complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published information which was inaccurate and intruded into both his family's private life and his daughter's time at school, in breach of Clauses 1 (Accuracy), 3 (Privacy), and 6 (Children) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was concerned that the newspaper had named his daughter, who was Muslim, in the context of a report that a dinner lady had fed her pork. He said it also incorrectly claimed that he had contacted the catering company about the incident.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the following apology:

IN an article "Dinner lady axed after serving gammon to a Muslim pupil" (July 31), we incorrectly reported that pork had been fed to one child. In fact, it was fed to a number of Muslim children at the school.

The child's parents, Zahid and Rumana Darr, did not contact the catering company following the incident, but attended a meeting arranged by the school. We apologise to the family for naming the child and for any distress caused.

Date Published: 19/11/2013

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