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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


A woman 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.


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

‘An article on 8 October said that the UK has paid £4.4 million in compensation to criminals under rulings by the European Court of Human Rights. In fact, the money went to a range of claimants and only £1.7 Million was compensation; legal costs accounted for the rest.'

Date Published: 22/11/2013

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