Communications with press regarding changes to articles: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/02733
Date received: 3 November 2017
Date responded: 4 December 2017

Information requested

Any correspondence between the Scottish Government communications department and special advisers (by phone or email) and the Press Association, Daily Record, Scottish Sun, The Herald, Daily Mail regarding changes to articles in 2017.


We do not hold a record of all requests made to the media regarding changes to their copy. While we do not have a comprehensive historical record, I enclose a copy of email exchanges which do exist and do fall within the scope of your request.

In addition, one colleague provided a return saying they spoke to the Press Association on Saturday, October 28 requesting a change to an article. The piece was on the First Minister's statement to parliament on a pardon for men convicted of sexual activity that is now legal. The copy said the statement was to be made on Tuesday, October 31. Press Association were ask to change this to Tuesday, November 7, the correct date and the amendment was made.

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Central Enquiry Unit
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