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Complainant Name:
Ms Michelle Roe

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Ms Michelle Roe of Lancashire complained that the newspaper had published a photograph of her as part of an article on problems surrounding binge drinking. She explained that she had been sitting eating a pizza outside a nightclub when she had been photographed, but was not drunk and should not have been associated with binge drinking.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper removed the image from its website (and said it would not be republished), sent a private letter of apology to the complainant and published the following letter from her:

Your article ‘One for the Road' (Sun, October 26) about binge drinking included a photograph of several women, including myself, at the end of a night out in Manchester. I had not been binge-drinking or drinking to excess which is an activity I do not associate myself with. I behaved responsibly that night but by including my picture with the article I was associated with binge-drinking which was wrong.

Report: 80

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