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Complainant Name:
Mr Frank Hont, Regional Secretary of UNISON North West

Clauses Noted: 3, 10

Publication: Cumberland News & Star

Complaint:
Mr Frank Hont, Regional Secretary of UNISON North West, complained that the newspaper had copies of confidential UNISON documents which he wished to have returned. The complainant was also concerned that an article written on the basis of this information invaded a member of the trade union and his family’s privacy and that the newspaper had not responded to his direct letter of complaint.

Resolution:
The complaint was resolved when the newspaper made clear that – whilst it had had sight of the documents in question – it did not physically possess any documentation belonging to UNISON. The newspaper argued that the piece did not invade the aforementioned person’s privacy and outlined that it had replied to the complainant’s original concerns directly.

Report: 69



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