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Complainant Name:
Bob Hudson

Clauses Noted: 3, 5, 12

Publication: Sunday Sun


Bob Hudson complained on behalf of his daughter to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clauses 3 (Privacy), 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) and 12 (Discrimination) of the Code when it published a private email of complaint sent to one of the newspaper's journalists which revealed his daughter's private medical details. The email was sent in response to an article that referred to a plot in a television show that used pejorative language that the complainant found unacceptable.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the following remedial action:

  • The circulation of a letter from the complainant to all heads of department within the newspaper setting out his concerns
  • The publication of an apology in the newspaper
  • The introduction of a regular statement to appear on the letters page clarifying to readers the procedure of submitting letters to the newspaper
  • An agreement from the newspaper to report the efforts of the complainant's daughter's fiancé in the Great North Run with the aim of encouraging sponsorship to help raise funds for charity.

Date Published: 14/05/2010

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