26 Oct PCC Complaint, Guardian 16th August 2011 – Result!
A small victory, admittedly against the Guardian which should know better than to write the sort of rubbish they did back in August.
Read the original complaint here
The article has been amended to remove all reference to “genetic modification” (including by changing the headline) and to correct a few other errors. The following footnote has been added to the online version
“• This article was amended on 18 October 2011. The first paragraph of the original article, as translated from the French, referred to “genetically modified” cannabis. The Guardian understands the cultivation of stronger forms of cannabis as described in the article would be the result of methods such as selective breeding. The reference to genetically modified cannabis in the article, as well as in our headline, has therefore been removed. A quote by Superintendent François Thierry in the third paragraph has been replaced with reported speech to convey his main point about an increase in the potency of cannabis — this is to avoid an ambiguity in the original quote that referred also to synthetic cannabis (though rendered by the Guardian as GM cannabis), which contains no THC. The sentence on how the Dutch may consider reclassifying cannabis has been amended to clarify that this relates to the strongest concentrations of cannabis.”
In addition the following will run in the print edition and on the PCC website
“An article about new strains of cannabis, as translated from Le Monde, referred to “genetically modified” cannabis, as did our own headline on the piece. Guardian Weekly understands the cultivation of stronger forms of cannabis as described in the article would be the result of methods such as selective breeding, rather the genetic modification. The article also reported the Dutch may consider reclassifying cannabis. To clarify; this refers to the strongest types of the drug.”