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Complainant Name:
Mr Benjamin Mack

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Yorkshire Evening Post

Complaint:

Mr Benjamin Mack complained that an article which reported on the autobiography of actress Claire King had described a situation she had faced involving a blackmailer who was allegedly ordered by the police to keep away from her. The complainant said that, although he had not been named in the article, Ms King had previously alleged in the press that he was the ‘blackmailer’ so anyone reading the article could have put the information together to identify him. The complainant said that it had previously been accepted in another complaint to the Commission that Ms King had never had a harassment order out against him. He further made clear that he had never been charged or convicted of blackmail.

Resolution:

The newspaper included the relevant extract from Claire King’s autobiography to support its position that it could not be responsible for the content of other publications. However, the complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to mark its records to reflect the complainant’s concerns so that anyone accessing the article would be aware of the dispute.

Report: 73



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