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Complainant Name:
A man

Clauses Noted: 7, 11

Publication: Stratford Midweek Herald

Complaint:

A man complained on behalf of the victims of a paedophile that a sentencing report contained graphic detail about the abuse suffered by the children including the distressing comments made by one of the victims. The complainant raised concerns that readers may have been able to identify the victims who would have to deal with readers knowing the explicit details of their ordeal.

Resolution:

The newspaper accepted that the concerns raised by the complainant were “well founded” and that editorial policy to remove salacious details from court reports had not been followed in this instance. However, the newspaper did not consider that such a lapse had itself established a breach of the Code.

The newspaper offered to publish an apology but the complainant said he did not wish to risk a further editorial lapse. He decided that no further action should be taken in respect of the matter. He asked, however, for the details of the complaint to be recorded on the PCC’s website.

Report: 78



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