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Complainant Name:
Patricia Campbell and Michael Cunningham

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: Take a Break


Patricia Campbell and Michael Cunningham complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the magazine had published - without warning - an irresponsible insensitive and intrusive article about the tragic death of their daughter, Ciara. They also said the piece contained inaccuracies and was an attempt to benefit financially from a truly sad situation.


The complaint was resolved when the editor wrote a personal letter of apology to the complainants. He also made his editorial staff aware of the concerns that had been raised and undertook to ensure that the line "This article was compiled from court reports. No one involved in the proceedings was paid" is added to similar articles in the future.

Date Published: 24/02/2010

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