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Complainant Name:
Miss Victoria Pilkington

Clauses Noted: 3, 6

Publication: Closer

Complaint:

Miss Victoria Pilkington, and her mother Ms Suzanne Woolven, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article - about Miss Pilkington's relationship with her former partner - had included inaccuracies, and a photograph of her one year-old daughter published without her consent. The complainants explained that they had given the story to a freelance agency, but had subsequently withdrawn their agreement. The article then appeared in the magazine, and the complainants were concerned that Miss Pilkington's former partner - against whom there is a non-molestation child protection order - may be able to identify her daughter from the article.

Resolution:

The magazine said that it was not aware of any issues surrounding consent for the publication of the photograph of Miss Pilkington's daughter, and that the article had been read back to the complainants. Any alleged inaccuracies were not significant in the context of the article as a whole. The complaint was resolved when the PCC helped to negotiate a personal letter from the magazine, acknowledging the complainants' concerns, and expressing regret for any upset or distress that may have been caused. The magazine also arranged for payment for the story to be processed and passed on to the complainants.

Date Published: 30/07/2010



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