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Complainant Name:
Mr Sean Kirtley

Clauses Noted: 3

Publication: Malvern Gazette

Complaint:

Mr Sean Kirtley of Malvern complained that the newspaper had published his full address in its initial report of a court case, despite this not appearing to be its general policy.

Resolution:

The newspaper accepted that its policy on full addresses (which depended on whether the report originated from an agency or its own reporter in court) was inconsistent. It did not consider, however, that this raised a breach of the Code and was unwilling to agree never to publish full addresses in court cases, as the complainant had suggested. It did offer to remove the house numbers from the online article in question.

The complainant was disappointed with the newspaper’s reply and considered that the publication of full addresses before a case had been concluded put the safety of individuals in jeopardy and left them open to possible harassment from members of the public. Nonetheless, he accepted the newspaper’s offer as a means of resolving the matter.

Report: 74



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