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Complainant Name:
Robert Alderton

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: East Anglian Daily Times

Complaint:

Robert Alderton of Colchester complained that an article reporting on his wife’s fight against cancer used the insensitive headline “Cancer ‘cannot be beaten’” and caption “not long to live” to accompany her photograph.

Resolution:

The newspaper accepted that the sub-editing of the article was insensitive and offered its apologies to the complainant and his family. The newspaper offered to publish the following apology, in addition to a follow-up article of which the complainant would be given prior approval.

Further to an article which reported on Julie Alderton’s tragic fight against ovarian cancer (09/02/07), we would like to offer our sincere apologies to Julie’s family for the insensitive headline and caption which accompanied the article.

Report: 75



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