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Complainant Name:
Mr Sean McKay

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: News of the World

Complaint:

Mr Sean McKay, who is currently imprisoned, complained to the PCC that the newspaper had published an article alleging that he intended to sell three mobile phones that had been returned to him by the police in order to raise money to buy pornography. Mr McKay maintained that the story was completely unsubstantiated; one phone had been returned to him, not three, and he had no intention of selling it to buy pornography.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper, which stood by its original story, provided an assurance to the complainant that should future reports specifically concerning him come to their attention, attempts would - where appropriate - be made to contact him before publication.

Date Published: 29/04/2010



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