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Complainant Name:
Ms Maura McQuoid

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Mirror


Ms Maura McQuoid of Downpatrick complained that the newspaper had misleadingly published an image of her niece to illustrate an article about drunken teenagers in Belfast. She aid that, whilst the photograph had been taken in the vicinity of this kind of activity, her niece had not been drinking that night.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper gave an undertaking to remove the photograph from its library and to ensure that no copies were retained by the photographer, and to publish the following statement:

Following our report entitled Welcome to booze-fuelled Belfast, (20 September 2009) Rachel Murphy, whose photograph was published with the report has informed us that she does not drink alcohol and did not do so on that night. She disassociates herself from the behaviour described in the report.

Report: 80

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