Daily Star Sunday has issued a correction after claiming child murderer Ian Huntley is transgender.
The tabloid published the correction last week (10 February).
Huntley was convicted in 2003 for the murders of two 10-year-old girls.
The paper claimed in a story published on 8 April 2018 that Huntley ‘has been wearing a blonde wig and asking fellow inmates to call him Nicola’ in a ‘plan’ to be transferred to a women’s prison.
The correction said: ‘Ian Huntley would like to make it clear that he does not own a wig,
‘And has never been asked to be addressed by any name other than his own.
‘There has never been a plan to change his gender identity.’
The Daily Star has also removed the story from its website.
‘Tabloid trash lies all along’
The correction was published in the Daily Star Sunday on 10 February | Picture: Twitter @thejeremyvine
Several newspapers picked up the story including The Sun and The Daily Mail.
Trans Media Watch (TMW) provides support for trans individuals engaging with the media.
TMW founder Helen Belcher told Gay Star News: ‘Since the Huntley story first appeared in January 2017, based apparently on a single source, it has been used relentlessly as evidence that trans people are dangerous.
‘Now that story has been shown to be false there are questions around what IPSO will do as this story has underpinned many others.
‘If the press continue with burying corrections in the small print, they avoid the pressure to comply with what the public expect.
‘Which is true, honest and accurate reporting.’
‘Retraction tweet is… where?’
Chief reporter at Daily Star Isobel Dickinson wrote the original piece.
Twitter users are asking the journalist what her ‘plans’ are for ‘making amends’.
‘So now we know this is a lie,’ one tweeted.
Another said: ‘Retraction tweet is… where?’
GSN contacted Dickinson for comment.
Yet this is not the only time a newspaper has gotten into heat for an article.
Earlier this month, a man from Chechnya said he is suing a newspaper for naming him as one of the men rounded up by agents as part of the gay purge.