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Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Liverpool Daily Post


Ms Nicola Peckett, Head of Communications for Samaritans, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article contained excessive detail about the suicide of a man who had died by inhalation of carbon monoxide.


The matter was resolved when the newspaper, after being contacted directly by Samaritans, amended the online version of the piece. A note was also circulated to all relevant editorial staff reminding them of the provisions of Clause 5 (ii) of the Editors' Code and emphasising the need to ensure suicide reports do not contain too much detail about the method used. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Date Published: 11/05/2011

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