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Complainant Name:
Tom Williams

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: Take a Break


Tom Williams of Manchester complained that the magazine had published a story about the murder of his daughter and son-in-law without his permission. He said a work colleague of his granddaughter the only survivor of the arson attack had recognised her from the article, which had been extremely distressing. He also raised concerns with a point of accuracy in the story.


The editor of the magazine expressed his sympathies to the complainant and his family for the tragic events to which they had been subject. He was, however, also moved to make the point that it would constitute a great curtailment to press freedom if the press were to agree not to publish tragic events. That said, the magazine assured the complainant that it had no intention of republishing this article and accepted the family had disputed some of the evidence which was given in court.

Report: 75

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