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Complainant Name:
Ms Boo Byrd

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: Camden New Journal


Ms Boo Byrd, sister of Robert Byrd, complained that an article reporting on the inquest into Mr Byrds death had contained a number of inaccuracies, both in the strapline and the text of the article. Moreover, the article had intruded into the grief and the privacy of the family at a very difficult time.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published an apology with the following wording: In an article published on 2 March headlined Double life of the addict who took 10 times fatal drug dose we incorrectly stated in the strapline that Robert Byrds death had been blamed on a lethal strain of heroin that has already claimed three lives. This was not in the Coroners report, neither was it discussed at the inquest. In fact, this was a suggestion made by Edward Kellman. We have been asked by the Byrd family to correct this, and also to point out that Mr Kellman did not attend the inquest, neither was he Mr Byrds drug counsellor. Moreover, Mr Byrd did not lead a double life as his family and friends were aware of his troubles and his fight to be free of drugs. We regret the distress this publication has caused and apologise unreservedly to the Byrd family.

Report: 73

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