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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 7, 11

Publication: Dumfries & Galloway Standard


A woman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published information that could identify a child victim of crime in breach of Clause 7 (Children in sex cases) and Clause 11 (Victims of sexual assault).


The newspaper said that careful consideration had gone into the wording of the article to ensure that the victim in the case could not be identified. It did not accept that there had been a breach of the Code, but expressed regret that the coverage had caused upset. On receipt of the complaint, it had taken immediate action to ensure that the complainant's concerns were reflected in further coverage of the case. The matter was resolved on the basis of the newspaper's detailed explanation of how it takes the welfare of victims into account when it covers such cases.

Date Published: 11/05/2011

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