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Complainant Name:
Mrs Kalsoom Bashir

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Bristol Evening Post

Complaint:

Mrs Kalsoom Bashir complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which she considered to have been inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The complainant disputed a claim by the newspaper's columnist that Bristol University multi faith chaplaincy had failed to respond to email correspondence, and that she was an "official coordinator" for Channel, a government initiative to battle radicalisation.

Resolution:

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

This article originally stated that Kalsoom Bashir was an "official coordinator of ‘Channel'", a government anti-radicalism initiative. We have since been informed by Ms Bashir that this is not the case, and that she has no connection to "Channel". Furthermore, Ms Bashir has asked us to make clear that the lead chaplain on behalf of Bristol University multi faith chaplaincy responded to Farooq Siddique's email about the Qulliam event, explaining why the chaplaincy felt it was important to continue with the event. This response was sent in early December, well before the publication of the article in January.

And the following correction in print:

Following an article by Farooq Siddique in the Bristol Post on January 21 under the headline Thursday Thought Kalsoom Bashir has asked us to make the following points: the article originally stated that was an "official coordinator of ‘Channel'" a government anti-radicalism initiative, but we have since been informed by Ms Bashir that this is not the case and that she has no connection to "Channel". Furthermore, Ms Bashir has asked us to make clear that the lead chaplain on behalf of Bristol University multi faith chaplaincy responded to Farooq Siddique's email about the Qulliam event, explaining why the chaplaincy felt it was important to continue with the event. This response was sent in early December, well before the publication of the article in January.

Date Published: 21/03/2014



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