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Complainant Name:
Mr and Mrs Crew

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Southern Reporter

Complaint:

Mr and Mrs Crew, parents of the late Daniel Thomas Crew, complained that two articles had contained inaccuracies and had intruded into their grief. The complainants’ central concern related to the detail the first article had contained about the method by which their son had committed suicide while in prison. In their view, this should not have been included. This article had also inaccurately set out the court at which Daniel Crew had been jailed, and the amount of time he had been in prison prior to his death. Moreover, it had referred to him as a ‘hospital rowdy’. A second article had incorrectly referred to Daniel Crew as the partner of a woman who had committed a breach of the peace. The complainants had not been aware that – prior to publication of this article – this woman had claimed to be carrying Daniel’s child. Moreover, there was no need to repeat the facts regarding Daniel’s suicide in this article. The complainants contended that the newspaper’s reporting of their son’s suicide had failed to show sympathy or discretion.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the editor wrote a personal letter to the complainants, apologising for the distress caused by the coverage and indicating that – in future – greater care would be taken when reporting on similar matters.

Report: 75



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