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Complainant Name:
Elizabeth Campbell

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Mail

Complaint:

Elizabeth Campbell of Edinburgh complained that an article which reported on her granddaughter’s hospitalisation suggested that she was sustained drug user. She also raised concerns that the article inaccurately suggested that the newspaper had spoken to her granddaughter’s family.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification: In the Sunday Mail of July 09 we wrongly attributed a quote to the family of Elizabeth Campbell, which said they were concerned she had taken a bad batch of cocaine in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh. This was down to an editing error and should have been attributed to the family of Lee Curtis, who died after taking cocaine. We would like to apologise to Elizabeth’s family for the error.

The family do not believe her illness was a result of cocaine abuse. Elizabeth denies the allegation. They say it was caused by a brain defect at birth and that there was medical evidence she had been badly beaten.

Report: 73



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