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Complainant Name:
Michael Duckett

Clauses Noted: 3, 5

Publication: Daily Mail


Michael Duckett complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a photograph of his mother's grave which he considered intrusive and insensitive as she had passed away very recently and he and his family were still grieving their loss.


While the newspaper explained that the image of the ornately decorated grave was taken in a publicly accessible cemetery, it made clear that there was no intention to intrude into the grief of the complainant's family, and it regretted the upset caused by the publication of the photograph. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper arranged for the prompt removal of the online photograph, annotated its image library with the complainant's concerns and provided a private letter for the complainant.

Date Published: 07/04/2011

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