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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 3, 12

Publication: Liverpool Echo

Complaint:

A woman complained about a report of an incident in which police officers had surrounded a house after receiving calls that a resident had a firearm. The complainant’s brother was the resident in question and the article included a picture of him inside the hallway of his home (albeit lightly pixellated). The complainant said this was an intrusion and drew attention to the fact that her brother had – at the time of the incident – been sectioned. He was, therefore, an inpatient and his privacy should have warranted greater protection.

The complainant also objected to publication of derogatory comments from neighbours about her brother. She considered these to be discriminatory.

Resolution:

The newspaper said it was important that incidents such as this were reported – something the complainant did not dispute. However, as a gesture of goodwill, it agreed to remove the photograph of the complainant’s brother from its website, along with those parts of the neighbours’ comments that made specific reference to her brother’s general behaviour. The complainant remained unhappy that the newspaper had not found out more information about her brother’s medical background before publishing the article, but she decided to consider the matter resolved on the basis of the action outlined above.

Report: 77



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