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Complainant Name:
Mr Gary Cressman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian

Complaint:

Mr Gary Cressman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a comment article on the newspaper's website was inaccurate. It had stated as fact that the complainant's cousin, Tom Cressman, had abused his girlfriend, Jane Andrews, before being murdered by her in 2000. The complainant said this was purely conjecture and that the claim had been rejected by the court during Ms Andrews' trial. He had contacted the author of the article and one of the online editorial team to request that the article be amended but his request was turned down.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated an amendment to the article so that it no longer gave the impression that the claims of abuse had been established as true. A footnote was added to the article to make clear that the change had been made and to ensure that readers were aware that the family of Tom Cressman had asked the newspaper to point that Ms Andrews' allegation of abuse had been discounted by the jury at her trial.

Date Published: 15/12/2010



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