Correction - The Sun

On 10 April last year in an article headlined “Royals believe Eugenie and Beatrice targeted” we reported suspicions held by Prince Andrew that his daughters' phones may have been hacked. Our article implied that hacking may have been carried out by The Sun newspaper. The Sun has asked us to point out that there is no evidence whatsoever any such hacking was carried out by the title or on behalf of the title. We are happy to make the position clear.

Errors & Omissions: Iconic smoking gun and other crimes against the English language

The other day somebody said "dichotomy" and I was transported back half a century. You hardly ever hear that word nowadays, but back in the Sixties everything seemed to be a dichotomy. Words go in and out of fashion like anything else.

Sir Mervyn King

Because of a problem with our wires service, a report published yesterday attributed a statement that bankers, bonuses are "unacceptable" to the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, rather than to Michael Cohrs, who was also appearing before MPs as a member of the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee.

Errors & Omissions: The long and the short of it – and the unnecessary syllables

Several times this week we used "lengthy" as a lengthy version of "long".

Errors & Omissions: Two sentences can sometimes be better than one

Dashed long: On Monday we inflicted a 49-word sentence on readers in our report that Gordon Brown's emails were "hacked" when he was Chancellor.

Errors & Omissions: How journalistic shorthand can rob an event of its significance

Those of us who remember the "anti-Vietnam" demonstrations were carried back to the 1960s by the following opening of a news story on Wednesday: "Poor Tony.

Low Associates

Errors & Omissions: No need to create false tension – but we couldn't resist

The word "but" is sometimes used in the first paragraph of a news report to suggest a tension that is not there. We had one on Monday.

Wrong reporter

On Thursday 22 December, we reported that the Daily Express reporter Padraig Flanagan, had told the Leveson Inquiry he was not surprised when Kate and Gerry McCann took legal action against the newspaper because the then editor, Peter Hill, was not interested in any other story.

Final verdict

On Friday, we reported that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had ruled that hearsay evidence could continue to be heard in British courts. The ECHR is an organ of the Council of Europe, not the EU as our headline suggested.

Errors & Omissions: A headline that should come with a health warning

Out of his mind: We noted a tension in American ideas about money in a leading article on Monday.

Smoking in cars

On 16 November we reported on a British Medical Association paper about smoking in cars, which said toxin levels could be 23 times higher than in a smoky bar. The BMA has subsequently corrected its figure to 11 times higher.

Errors & Omissions: Write about literacy and wait for the inevitable clanger

Arbitrary rules govern what you can leave out of headlines.

Dr Fawaz Akhras

Our article, 'The Acton Spring? How unrest in Syria spilled over into the respectable streets of West London' (4 November 2011) referred to a 'classified 2008 cable from the then-US charge d'affaires to Damascus released by Wikileaks this year'. The cable named Dr Fawaz Akhras as a suspected avenue used by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "to stash funds abroad'. Dr Akhras is a respected consultant cardiologist who has lived in London for over 35 years. He categorically denies that he has ever held or transferred any funds for or on behalf of President al-Assad. We accept that Dr Akhras should have been given the opportunity to make his position clear before our article was published.

Errors & Omissions: Who would have thought it? Michael Barrymore is one of the people

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