The Press Complaints Commission has ruled that the Daily Mail breached The Editors’ Code on accuracy with its story about buses and planes from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK being full-up and sold-out.
On New Year’s Eve last year, the Daily Mail published its story headlined, ‘Sold out! Flights and buses full as Romanians and Bulgarians head for the UK’. Their article claimed that planes and buses from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK were full-up with Romanians and Bulgarians rushing to the UK following the lifting of ‘working restrictions’ on 1 January.
But following my 13 complaints against that Daily Mail feature story, the Press Complaints Commission has now ruled that, “the newspaper had failed to take care not to publish inaccurate or misleading information.” This, stated the PCC, was in breach of Clause 1 of their Editors’ Code of Practice regarding accuracy.
The ruling is one of the last to be made by the PCC as it is closing down this week to make way for its new press regulation service called IPSO, opening on Monday.