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Complainant Name:
Ms Amy Stephens

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: South Wales Argus


Ms Amy Stephens of Cwmbran complained that an inquest report into the death of her ex-partner, Stephen John Williams, had inaccurately claimed that he had received a letter from the Child Support Agency stating that he might not be the father of his daughter. In fact, this was a claim made by one of the witnesses who spoke at the inquest. The complainant was also concerned over the way she had been spoken to by a member of staff at the newspaper.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

Our report of the inquest into the death of Mr Stephen John Williams published on May 22, 2007, stated as fact that Mr Williams had received a letter from the Child Support Agency questioning the paternity of his daughter. We are happy to clarify that this was a claim made by a witness at the inquest. We apologise for any distress caused. The newspaper also apologised for the manner in which the complainant had been handled.

Report: 75

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