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Complainant Name:
Ms Marian Sedwell

Clauses Noted: 3, 5

Publication: East Anglian Daily Times

Complaint:

Ms Marian Sedwell of Leiston raised concerns over the publication of an article reporting that a body, believed to be that of her fiancée Paul Brown, who had been missing for 18 months, had been discovered. The complainant had not known about the discovery of the body, which had not been officially identified, prior to publication of the article. She complained that the newspaper had not acted with sufficient sensitivity. Moreover, the complainant raised concerns that she had not given consent to the use of her name or a past quote.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the editor wrote to the complainant apologising for the distress caused by the article, explaining that the newspaper had attempted to contact her, and indicating that he had reminded journalists that it was vital to conduct themselves with sensitivity at all times in matters such as this.

Report: 75



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