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Complainant Name:
Mrs Elizabeth Li

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: The Bath Chronicle

Complaint:

Mrs Elizabeth Li complained that the newspaper had intruded into her family’s grief by naming her nephew, Paul Kelly, as a murder victim before some members of his family had been informed of his death.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper – which explained the circumstances behind the identification of Mr Kelly and made clear that it had been informed by police that he did not have any relations living in the area – published the following apology in its coverage of an appeal by Mr Kelly’s parents for witnesses to come forward, in addition to a poem written by the complainant:

“In The Bath Chronicle of 2 January, we named Paul Kelly as the victim of the city's New Year's Day murder. At that stage, his name had not been officially released by the police but we understood that there were no local relatives likely to read the news in our paper. We now acknowledge that we were wrong and would like to apologise for any distress our story caused”.

Report: 74



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