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Complainant Name:
Cliff Watt

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Scottish Sun

Complaint:

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.

Resolution:

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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