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Complainant Name:
Mr Douglas McDonald

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Scottish Sun

Complaint:

Mr Douglas McDonald of Edinburgh complained that an article had inaccurately claimed that he had been involved in an argument with his neighbour, a cancer sufferer; he was particularly concerned that the article had implied that he had been charged in connection with her. In fact, he had argued with his neighbour’s son, and his charge related purely to that. The complainant emphasised that he was particularly concerned that the article had implied that he had set out to upset a cancer suffer, which was not the case. A follow up article did not, in the complainant’s view, sufficiently redress the balance, as it had not made clear that he had not been charged in connection with his neighbour. The complainant was also concerned that the newspaper had published a photograph of his house, and that he had not been contacted prior to publication of the article.


Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the Editor sent a private letter to the complainant, which accepted that he had not been charged directly in connection with his neighbour, and apologised for that claim and the embarrassment caused to the complainant. The letter also confirmed that the newspaper’s archives would be annotated to reflect the apology, and that the photograph of the complainant’s house would only be published again if a situation arose which the Editor considered to be in the public interest.

Report: 75



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