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Why the BBC had to apologize to Gothenburg

Published onsdag 17 april 2013 kl 19.10
Foto: Ingmar Jernberg/GöteborgsOperans bild

BBC has apologized to Gothenburg for reporting that the city had 3,500 homeless people, reports news agency TT.

Gothenburg authorities say that number is closer to 90.

BBC used statistics from the Health and Welfare Agency in its recent TV report about homelessness in Gothenburg. The problem was, however, that the statistics were for the number of people living in special housing – not the number of homeless people.

BBC mailed Gothenburg to apologize and they say they have fixed the error.

Ulla-Carin Moberg, who works for the Gothenburg Social Resources Department, says the apology is important. She says homelessness is a serious issue so it is even more important that the facts are correct.

"It feels like it's fine," she told news agency TT.

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