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Complainant Name:
Ms Allie Catt

Clauses Noted: 3, 4, 5

Publication: MK News

Complaint:

Ms Allie Catt of Milton Keynes complained on behalf of Gemma Sisley’s family and friends that the conduct of a journalist in visiting the family home after police had issued a statement making clear that they wished to be left to grieve for Gemma in peace was intrusive and constituted harassment. The complainant was also concerned that the journalist had published tributes posted on Gemma’s Facebook page – as well as a photograph of her – without permission. The journalist had been able to access these comments as she had been friends with Gemma on Facebook.

Resolution:

The newspaper explained that the police press release had not been issued at the time of the journalist’s visit to the house. She had respected the family’s wishes by not contacting them again after she had been made aware of their position. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper made a donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and published the following apology:

On October 22 2008 MK NEWS ran a story on the death of Gemma Sisley which was headlined “Tributes for dead girl”.

MK NEWS would like to take this opportunity to say that by running the story it was never our intention to cause any further upset to family and friends and we apologise for that.

As a gesture of goodwill in this matter MK NEWS has offered to make a financial donation towards Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a charity supported by Gemma.

Report: 78



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