| ||The PCC has adjudicated on a complaint lodged by a reader against the Daily Star on the paper’s inaccurate and inflammatory coverage of ‘squat’ toilets that were installed in a Rochdale shopping centre.|
The PCC upholding the complaint on the paper’s breach of clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editor’s Code of Practice, stated:
"In this prominent story, there were two clear errors of fact which, in the circumstances, would have misled readers in a significant manner: the toilets could not be described as "Muslim only"; and were not paid for by the local council. While the newspaper had accepted that the article was wrong - and offered to correct the item - the Commission was particularly concerned at the lack of care the newspaper had taken in its presentation of the story. This led to a breach of Clause 1 of the Code which makes clear that newspapers must "take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information". The complaint was upheld."
Read the full PCC judgment here.
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