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Complainant Name:
Mr Robert Downey

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Lancashire Telegraph

Complaint:
Mr Robert Downey of Rossendale complained that the newspaper had unfairly emphasised – on the front page – the allegations of sexual assault directed against him in a trial. He considered that the coverage of the case – in which he was cleared of all charges – was imbalanced in its focus upon the prosecution rather than the defence and subsequent not guilty verdict.

Resolution:
The newspaper – which made clear that its continued coverage of the ongoing trial included stories on the complainant’s defence and acquittal, the latter of which with a front page ‘trailer’ – offered to publish a letter from the complainant in which he could reiterate the fact that he was not guilty of the charges.

Report: 63



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