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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 complainants 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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