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Complainant Name:
Mr John Blaylock

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Derby Telegraph

Complaint:

Mr John Blaylock of Derby complained about an article in which his niece discussed the effect of her mother’s – the complainant’s sister – ‘suicide’. The complainant said that, in fact, there was clear evidence that his sister did not intend to take her own life and indicated that the coroner had recorded a verdict of ‘misadventure’ at the inquest into her death.

Resolution:

The complainant indicated that he wished for the newspaper to be made aware of the details of his complaint but he did not wish for anything further to be published about the death of his sister. The editor of the newspaper expressed his sadness that the report had caused so much distress to the complainant and his family. He indicated that the newspaper accepted the coroner’s verdict was ‘misadventure’ and had ensured that a note was placed on the newspaper’s electronic archive clarifying the position. The complainant agreed to the settlement of his complaint on this basis.

Report: 74



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