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Complainant Name:
Mr Mark Collier

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Birmingham Mail

Complaint:

Mr Mark Collier of Birmingham complained that an article had inaccurately alleged that a man, who crashed his car in the same location where the complainant’s brother and two friends had died in a road accident, was the father of one of the deceased.

Resolution:

The editor first expressed his sincere condolences to the complainant and sought to explain that the allegation originated from firefighters at the scene of the accident. However, subsequent to the publication of earlier editions of the newspaper, the police then offered guidance that the victim was not in fact thought to be a relative of the deceased and the newspaper therefore changed the headline and introduction of the article in its later editions.

The editor also said that he would be meeting with police to ask that they reconsider their decision not to reveal the victim’s identity. He offered to publish a full apology if his identity proved him not to be related to those victims from the first accident. The editor emphasised that it was not the newspaper’s intention to make matters worse for any of those involved.

Report: 73



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