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Complainant Name:
Mrs H Beatrice Jones

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Sunday Mail


Mrs H Beatrice Jones complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about the death of her daughter, Moira Jones, featured letters dictated by her killer confessing to the crime which contained insensitive references. She said that the article was in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the following settlement with the newspaper, which accepted that its coverage was in breach of the Code: the removal of the article from newspaper's library, files and databases; the publication of a prominent article about the Moira Fund, which was set up in Moira Jones' memory; a substantial donation to the charity; and the publication of an apology.

The text of the apology was as follows:

On January 3, we published letters dictated by Moira Jones' murderer confessing to his crime. They included upsetting references which we were wrong to publish. Care should be taken to report sympathetically and sensitively and we failed to do so. We would like to apologise to Moira's family and friends for the distress caused by the insensitive publication and regret adding to their grief.

Date Published: 09/06/2010

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