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Complainant Name:
Mrs Joanna Rhodes

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Cornish Guardian

Complaint:

Mrs Joanna Rhodes of Cornwall complained that an article reporting her husband’s death had inaccurately suggested that he had committed suicide the day after seeing their baby’s scan and that he was on medication at the time. The complainant provided a dated copy of the scan to support her position on the matter. The complainant also raised concerns about the conduct of the reporter who had attended the inquest making clear that he had arrived late showing little respect for proceedings.

Resolution:

The newspaper apologised to the complainant accepting that the report was inaccurate in connection to the date of the baby’s scan and the suggestion that her husband had been on medication. The editor also indicated that the reporter – who was a freelance – had been spoken to about his conduct and had apologised for arriving at the inquest late. The editor also wrote a private letter of apology to the complainant. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Report: 76



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