Two newspapers have been forced to issue corrections after publishing false claims regarding Scottish MP Michelle Thomson.
On Thursday the Daily Record and Herald newspapers each claimed the former SNP MP had been under investigation by Police Scotland.
The Record claimed Thomson was one of three SNP MPs currently being probed by so-called ‘Fraud Cops’. An article in The Herald newspaper made similar claims.
However both newspapers have been forced to issue an embarrassing correction after Police Scotland confirmed it was not in fact investigating Ms Thomson.
The issue has also led to calls for BBC Scotland to issue a similar correction after the broadcaster made similar claims in its coverage of the story. An article published on the main BBC Scotland news page on Thursday contained the following sentence.
[Chris Law] is the third of the 56 SNP MPs elected in last year’s general election to be under investigation by the police.
The story appeared as the second top item on BBC Scotland online news on Thursday morning and remained on the page until the following day. However at 17:45 on Friday, by which time the article had disappeared from its main online page, the BBC quietly removed the erroneous claim.
BBC Scotland has yet to acknowledge the correction.