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Complainant Name:
Mrs Amanda Mahaffey

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: The Press (York)

Complaint:

Mrs Amanda Mahaffey of York complained that the newspaper had published an article on the first anniversary of her husband’s death which contained an ‘interview’ with her when she had made it very clear to its reporter that she did not wish to comment. It also repeated an inaccuracy from the article which it had published in the previous year when it claimed that her husband had been taking part in the run for charity.

Resolution:

The newspaper apologised to the complainant and wrote to her privately to this effect. The deputy editor of the newspaper said he wished the article could be retracted and that appropriate disciplinary action had been taken. The newspaper sought to explain that the mistake had arisen from a set of ambiguous reporter’s notes that had been left for the night news team to write up. The editor assured the complainant that steps had been taken to ensure that the unfortunate episode was not repeated.

Report: 74



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