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Complainant Name:
Cliff Watt

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Scottish Sun


Cliff Watt complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article headlined "Self-harm websites made me do this" which featured images of self-injury and included graphic detail about methods of self-harm. The complainant also said that the piece was inaccurate when it referred to self-harm as a mental illness.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper explained that it had sought advice from Penumbra, one of Scotland's leading mental health organisations, prior to publication and would be maintaining a working relationship with the group in future. The editor circulated a memo to staff to ensure that "self-harm" is not conflated with "mental illness" in future reporting and remind them of their responsibilities under Clause 5 of the Code of Practice. The complainant was satisfied that his complaint had been dealt with appropriately and was pleased that the newspaper had taken his concerns seriously.

Date Published: 03/05/2010

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