PCC criticises the Express over “buried” apology

The Daily Express has been critisised by the Press Complaints Commission for burying an apology to the Mayor of Totnes.

The Express agreed to apologise over a story on page 5 about proposals to change the format of council prayers.

Despite agreeing to publish the apology with ‘due prominence’following a PCC adjudication it appeared on page 33 which constituted a breach of clause 1 (accuracy).

The commission considered the paper’s conduct was ‘an unfortunate example of bad practice at a time when the industry generally has improved its record in relation to the location and promptness of corrections and apologies”.

The lack of due prominence was considered a breach of the code and the complaint was upheld on that basis.

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