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Complainant Name:
Ms Rebecca Pell

Clauses Noted: 1, 6

Publication: Dorset Echo


Ms Rebecca Pell complained that the newspaper, in an article about her ex-partner's death, had identified her young son and published his photograph without her consent. She was also concerned that the piece contained inaccuracies regarding her son's care arrangements.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following the following clarification and apology (headlined "Keith Brown") in a prominent position:

In the Dorset Echo on July 16 we named and published a photograph of Keith Brown's son. We published this in good faith after being supplied with the photographs and details by Keith Brown's parents Trevor and Irene Brown. However, we did not seek permission to use the name and photograph of Keith Brown's son from the child's mother Rebecca Pell and we apologise for the distress caused, which was certainly not our intention. Ms Pell has also asked us to point out that, in her view, she and Mr Brown were on good terms and he had regular access to his son. We are happy to clarify this.

Report: 79

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