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Complainant Name:
Mr John McInally on behalf of his sister Mrs Harrison

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: Press & Journal (Aberdeen)

Mr John McInally complained on behalf of his sister Mrs Harrison that the article had been inaccurate in its contention that Mr Harrison had been found dead at his home. He further contended that the newspaper had breached his familys right to privacy, especially in its publication of a second article on the same day as the obituary had appeared. Moreover, the complainant explained that despite informing the newspaper that they did not wish to speak to a reporter further attempts were made to contact the family. Finally, the complainant set out that the articles had intruded into his familys grief, and that publication had not been handled sensitively.

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper took two forms of action. Firstly, it published a correction, making clear that Mr Harrison had not been found dead at his home, but that both Mrs Harrison and paramedics had sought to keep him alive. Secondly, the editor wrote a private letter to Mrs Harrison, apologising for the additional distress the newspaper had caused. However, the complainant remained concerned about the manner in which the newspaper had dealt with his complaint and in particular its publication of the correction prior to his final authorisation and expressed his dissatisfaction that his concern relating to the behaviour of reporters had not been addressed.

Report: 72

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