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Complainant Name:
Paul Caruana

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Paul Caruana complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editor's Code of Practice when in wrongly reported that he supported, and was actively involved in, the 2013 badger cull in Somerset.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following wording in print:

An article about the badger cull in England stated that Paul Caruana, the former field manager for the government's decade-long culling trial, "was involved in the latter stages of the Somerset cull" and that he "deployed cages in Somerset to trap badgers and therefore make them easier to shoot". Caruana's only involvement was to help the National Farmers Union find workers for the latter stages of the cull who deployed the cages (Controversial cull of badgers ‘could now spread TB', 8 October, page 6). (Cl 1)

The online article was also amended and the following corrective footnote was published:

This article was amended on 8 October 2013, and again on 1 November 2013 to amend this footnote. The original suggested that Paul Caruana was directly involved in the Somerset cull. He was not and this has been corrected.

Date Published: 25/11/2013

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