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Complainant Name:
Paul Frayne

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Lancashire Telegraph


Paul Frayne of Lancashire complained about an article which reported on the death of his nephew, Ryan Frayne, in Australia. The complainant raised concerns about the following issues: that the article speculated that his nephew had left the country to start a new life because of an accident in which he had been involved; and that it speculated that he had committed suicide through a drug overdose despite the fact that the inquest into his death had only just opened, and the cause of his death was at that time unknown.


The newspaper said that the article was based on comments made to it by the coroner after the inquest, although this was disputed by the complainant. The newspaper undertook to report on the full inquest when it took place in order to set the record straight on the cause of Ryans death. It also undertook to report on the inquest sensitively with no speculation about Ryan's death being suicide linked to his accident (reserving, of course, the right to report anything that was said as part of the inquest proceedings). The newspaper also published the following apology to the complainant:

Ryan Frayne - An Apology

A story published on July 21 about the death of 21-year-old Ryan Frayne near Sydney referred to him having moved from Feniscowles, Blackburn to Australia to "start a new life." Ryan's family have asked us to point out that he left this country to seek work and not 'to start a new life.' In addition, we would like to clarify that at the time the article was published, the cause of Ryans death was not known. We apologise for any upset caused by the article.

In addition, the newspaper wrote a letter of apology to the complainants family and removed the article from its website. The complaint was resolved on that basis.

Report: 76

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