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Complainant Name:
Mr Martin

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Martin complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the newspaper had incorrectly described the figures for the total number of immigrants received by various European countries in 2011 as representing only the number of EU migrants they had received. The article went on to inaccurately report that Britain had received the greatest number of EU migrants that year; in fact, Germany received the most immigrants from within the EU. The complainant was further concerned that, despite the article reporting the figures for total immigration to countries within the EU, it was illustrated only with photographs showing immigrants from Romania.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the alteration of the online article, including the removal of one of the photographs, and the publication of the following footnote to the article:

An earlier version of this article said that, among EU countries, Britain received the greatest number of EU migrants. The table also stated that it included figures showing the number of EU migrants accepted in 2011. We would like to make clear that the figures in fact reflected the total numbers of immigrants received by those countries. The country that received the greatest number of EU migrants in 2011 was Germany.

It also published the following correction on page 2 of the newspaper:

An article on 19 February said that, among EU countries, Britain received the greatest number of EU migrants in 2011. In fact the figures related to immigrants from all over the world rather than just the EU.

Date Published: 25/04/2014

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