The Mirror has apologized after mistakenly using a photo of the wrong person to illustrate a story about Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng on its website.
Condemning the ‘terrible mistake’, which occurred on the first day of Black History Month, the publication said: ‘This morning a photo in a story about Kwasi Kwarteng was incorrectly captioned on the Mirror’s website. It was a terrible mistake and we apologize to Mr. Kwarteng and all our readers.
The apology came after Kwarteng tweeted a screenshot of an online story about the mini-budget, featuring a photo of Bernard Mensah, the international chairman of Bank of America.
The photo was incorrectly captioned with the words: “Kwasi Kwarteng said he had to do ‘something different’ on a mini budget.”
“It is not me… @DailyMirrorwrote the Chancellor on Saturday morning in a tweet posted just before 10 a.m.
Committing to “redouble our efforts” to fight against racism, the statementpublished more than an hour after Kwarteng pointed out the error, added: ‘The Mirror has a long history of working against racism and we will be stepping up our efforts on this.’
Among those condemning the mistake was Ben Obese-Jecty, the chairman of the Hornsey and Wood Green Tories.
He said: “Good to see the Daily Mirror launching its coverage of Black History Month with this ‘they-seem-they-all-seem-alike-are-not-clang’.
“You would think, given the coverage he received this week, that most people in the press would know what Kwasi Kwarteng looked like…”
Kwarteng became Britain’s first black chancellor when he took office last month. The Guardian has contacted the Treasury for comment. Bank of America declined to comment.