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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1, 11

Publication: Sunday Life

Complaint:

A woman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article reporting that Martin Morris was facing charges of sexually abusing three girls contained the inaccurate claim that the alleged victims had complained to Sinn Fein and the IRA. She also complained that a detail contained in the article had led to the identification of the three alleged victims in the local community.

Resolution:

The PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification as a resolution to the complaint under Clause 1 (Accuracy):

Our article of 12 December ("Adams' ex secretary named as witness in abuse case") stated that the three alleged victims of Martin Morris - who is charged with sexually abusing the girls in the late 1990s - had initiated a complaint about him to Sinn Fein and the IRA. In fact, none of Morris' alleged victims complained to Sinn Fein or the IRA. We are happy to clarify the position and regret any misunderstanding.

While the editor did not accept that the published information was sufficient to identify the alleged victims, he undertook not to include this detail in any future coverage. The complaint under Clause 11 (Victims of sexual assault) was resolved on this basis.

Date Published: 29/03/2011



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