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Complainant Name:
Dr Abiodun Bale

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Dr Abiodun Bale 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 was concerned that the article implied that he had assaulted two women. In fact, while he had been charged with two counts of assault, he had been acquitted of one. He was further concerned that the reference to him as a "foreign doctor" and a "doctor from Nigeria" discriminated against him in breach of Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Code.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated amendments to the online article, including the replacement of the reference to him as a "doctor from Nigeria" with being of "Nigerian origin", and the publication of the following clarification in print and online:

"An article about Dr Abiodun Bale published on 26 December implied that Dr Bale had assaulted two patients. In fact, while he was charged with two counts of assault, he was acquitted of the second. We are happy to clarify this."

Date Published: 31/01/2014



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