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Complainant Name:
Carrie Twomey

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday World


This complaint was originally made to the PCC. As the PCC closed on 8 September the complaint was resolved by the Independent Press Standards Organisation(IPSO) under PCC procedures. IPSO is the new independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry.

Carrie Twomey complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice in two articles about the "Boston Tapes", a research project which included recorded interviews with people who were involved in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The complainant said that it was inaccurate to state that she had been paid as an assistant researcher on the project.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

"On 11 and 18 May we published two articles headlined ‘The Boston time bomb' and ‘Boston Tapes wife begs U.S. for asylum for husband'. In those articles we stated that Carrie Twomey was paid for her roles as an assistant researcher on the Boston Project. We are happy to clarify that Ms Twomey was not employed or involved in any role as an assistant researcher on the Boston College Belfast Project either paid or unpaid."

Date Published: 21/01/2015

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