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Complainant Name:
Ms Jo Margetson

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Daily Star

Complaint:

Ms Jo Margetson complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article, which reported that she had been the subject of a lewd remark in an incident involving an airport scanner, contained inaccuracies. Ms Margetson said she had originally complained to her employer about the misuse of body scanner equipment (which had been used to image her without her knowledge or consent) not about lewd comments (though she was not allowed to clarify precise details). The incident had taken place when the complainant was, unknowingly, in a position whereby her body was viewable by the scanner.

In particular, the article included a quote (originally reported by The Sun) attributed to the complainant. Ms Margetson denied the accuracy of the quote and said it had been falsely attributed to her in circumstances where she refused to comment to The Sun journalist. Indeed, the complainant made clear she had not sought to give her story to the media and had not accepted any payment for information.

Resolution:

After the PCC initiated an investigation, the newspaper, which had followed up the original story in the Sun, agreed to remove the article from its website. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Date Published: 16/07/2010



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