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Complainant Name:
Reverend Joanna Thornton

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 10

Publication: Sunday Mirror


Reverend Joanna Thornton of South Croydon complained about two aspects of an article which reported that her husband, a fellow minister, had had an affair. Firstly, the complainant was concerned that the article had included, without consent, two photographs of her, the provenance of which she questioned. Secondly, the complainant said that the article was inaccurate when it claimed that a DNA test had proved that her husband was the father of her younger child. In fact, there had been no DNA test at all. While she had declined to comment to the news agency before publication, she had not been informed of this specific allegation.


The newspaper made clear that both photographs had been taken from the online version of a Bromley CommonMethodist Church newsletter, for which the complainant had previously given her consent for publication. It made a note of the DNA point on its internal records for future reference, in addition to passing on this information to the news agency so that it was aware of the position. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Report: 79

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