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Complainant Name:
Choose Life

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Daily Star


Dougie Paterson of Choose Life (NHS Health Scotland) complained that photographs which showed a womans suicide attempt in Germany contained graphic and unnecessary detail in breach of Clause 5(ii).


The newspaper said the publication of the photographs was unfortunate and circulated the NUJ paper on reporting on suicide to its staff. The newspaper also published the following letter:

I was horrified to read the article Hero cops end suicide drama (17 June) which goes into graphic detail and shows highly sensationalised photographs of a young girl in Germany.

There is strong evidence from around the world to show that coverage of this very nature can encourage copy cat behaviour amongst vulnerable people.

Journalists have a responsibility for the well-being of their readers and I would urge you to keep this in mind when publishing articles on this subject in the future. The media has a responsibility to help prevent suicide this article serves only to encourage it.

The complaint was resolved on that basis.

Report: 77

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