Scientific writer/journalist: Philip Whiteley
Re: “UK airlines facing legal action from crew over toxic air”, 16 March 2016, page 2
(The article is not presently available on the Daily Telegraph website)
“This article gave a seriously misleading version of the scientific and legal evidence on harm to human health from exposure to toxins in aircraft cabin air. The reporter placed inverted commas around the terms ‘fume events’ and ‘toxic cabin air’, indicating doubt as to their occurrence, when the evidence base shows there is no doubt that these constitute serious recurring hazards to human health.
The report did not place inverted commas around the CAA’s claim that there is ‘no evidence’, a claim we now know is false. Reporting errors were compounded by the news editing decision to reduce this issue, a matter of significant public concern, to a single column on a news day so slow that you ran use of the sofa on breakfast TV as a lead item.
The combination of decisions withheld from your readers important information, distorted other aspects, and belittled an important matter of public concern; a breach of the Editor’s Code 1. i). Furthermore, you failed to publish either of my letters to the editor pointing out these errors (emailed on 19 March and again on 3 April), supported by evidence from reputable sources, all easily verifiable, and have so far failed to publish a correction.
This constitutes a failure under clause 1, ii) of the Editor’s Code.”
To read Philip Whiteley’s 19th March 2016 letter click here
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