When a terror attack occurs, the media scrambles to report anything and everything they can about the perpetrators. Unfortunately, there are frequently errors in that reporting, a subject iMediaEthics has often covered.
The UK Daily Telegraph made one such error when it published a June 8 story claiming two of the attackers behind the London Bridge terror attack, Youssef Zaghba and Khyram Butt, may have planned the attack in a KFC because they both allegedly worked there. The problem is that one of the two never worked at KFC, the restaurant company says.
Even though the company told the Telegraph that it had “no record” that Zaghba worked at KFC, the Telegraph wouldn’t correct, so KFC took its complaint to press regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. The Telegraph offered to post a clarification on its website and on page two of the print edition to resolve KFC’s complaint. That clarification reads:
“Following our 8 June article, ‘London Bridge gang ‘plotted attack in KFC”, we have been asked to clarify that London Bridge terrorist attacker Youssef Zaghba was never employed by KFC franchisee Auriga Holdings, in a restaurant, office job or otherwise, nor is there any evidence that he worked with or for KFC in any other capacity. We are happy to do so.”
iMediaEthics has not been able to find the clarification or the original article posted on the Telegraph‘s website. We have written to the Telegraph to ask if the article was published in print, if it has been removed from the website and when the clarification will be published.
iMediaEthics also has written to KFC to ask if it is satisfied with the IPSO resolution.