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Complainant Name:
Mrs Christine Jones

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh edition)


Mrs Christine Jones of Flintshire complained on behalf of her sister Mrs A Morris about a front page article which reported on a car accident in which her son had died and her grandchildren were seriously injured. She said that the headline of the report inaccurately stated that she had forgiven the drunken driver of the vehicle which had caused the accident. In fact, she had said "no I do not blame her family we feel sorry for them but do blame the people that did not help her". She said she had not made any comment about forgiving, or not blaming the driver herself.


The newspaper emphasised that it had the greatest sympathy with the complainant and her family. It sought to explain that its staff believed that they were accurately reflecting the complainants comments but accepted that it was an incorrect interpretation and apologised for the error. The complaint was resolved when the complainant accepted the newspapers apology, and its offer to publish a follow-up article near to the front of the newspaper with a link to the article on the front page.

Report: 73

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