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The Herald's chief reporter denies Lord Hope's claims of being misquoted as he issues media blackout at event


By The Drum Team, Editorial

December 6, 2011 | 2 min read

The Herald's chief reporter Lucy Adams has rejected claims by Lord Hope, deputy president of the Supreme Court who has issued a media blackout during a public address he will make this week in Glasgow, that he was misquoted in a recent piece by The Herald.

Legal publication The Firm has reported that Hope, who will deliver a seminar at the Lighthouse on Friday, has asked for no press to be present after he claimed that he was misquoted by The Herald when it reported his address to the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending last month.

The Supreme Court’s head of communications claimed that Lord Hope was unaware that members of the press were present and that he was ‘totally misquoted’.

Adams, who wrote the piece, has denied this however, tweeting; “Happy to play back the exact quotes and audio of Lord Hope's speech to SASO to anyone wanting to hear it. Not misquoted one bit.”

Steve Raeburn, editor of The Firm told The Drum; “If Lord Hope has any concerns about the accuracy of reporting, he could make a transcript of his speech open to the media, which would preclude any need for a media blackout in the first place.”

Updated: The full speech made by Lord Hope at the SASO Annual Conference is available to download online.

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