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Complainant Name:
Ms Jacqueline Minor

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Ms Jacqueline Minor, Head of Representation at the European Commission's Representation to the United Kingdom, complained to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice, that the newspaper had inaccurately conflated judges of the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights in a headline which appeared in the online teaser to an article reporting a decision by the latter Court concerning whole-life sentences. The complainant was particularly concerned as the inaccuracy had been published two weeks after the PCC established a breach of the Code in a complaint by the European Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) on the same issue: the conflation of the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights (http://pcc.org.uk/news/index.html?article=ODQ3Mg)

Resolution:

The PCC facilitated a meeting between representatives of the European Commission and representatives of The Sun to discuss the error, and broader concerns about how the newspaper reported issues of European Human Rights law and the EU. At the meeting, it was agreed that the Sun would devise and circulate a memo and graphic to staff, explaining the differences between the EU and ECHR and emphasising that the inaccuracy should not be repeated. The terms of the graphic and memo were agreed with the complainant, and the complaint was resolved on this basis.

Date Published: 03/03/2014



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