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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 9

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

A woman related to the convicted killer Michael Sweeney complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about her family had contained inaccuracies, intruded into her privacy, and - through the publication of a photograph of two other family members - might have identified her as the relative of a convicted criminal.

Resolution:

The newspaper said that it had acted in good faith in publishing the account of another family member, and it considered that the information included in the article about the complainant's family was relevant to a matter of public interest. It did not accept that the article had raised a breach of the Code. However, as a gesture of goodwill it removed the article from its website and added a note to its internal files making clear the complainant's position. The complaint was resolved on that basis.

Date Published: 10/06/2011



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