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Complainant Name:
Ms Carol Clark

Clauses Noted: 3, 4, 5

Publication: Worthing Herald

Complaint:

Ms Carol Clark of Worthing complained that she had been contacted by the newspaper – and spoken to in an insensitive manner – after having made clear to another reporter that she did not wish to comment on the news that the train driver who had been responsible for her husband’s death in the 1989 Purley crash had launched an appeal against his conviction for manslaughter. She was also concerned that the newspaper had, against her express wishes, published a photograph of her husband in its coverage of the matter.

Resolution:

The newspaper denied that it had breached the Code of Practice. Although the complainant remained concerned over the conduct of certain individuals at the newspaper, the complaint was concluded when the editor undertook not to contact her again with regard to the court case, and sent her the letters of appreciation (held by the newspaper) relating to her husband, who had worked as a journalist there.

Report: 75



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