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Complainant Name:
Jonathan Banner

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Staffordshire Newsletter

Complaint:

Jonathan Banner, the stepfather of a teenager who had sadly died after a long period of illness, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an insensitive and intrusive report of the child's death. He was particularly concerned as the report had been based on information provided by the child's father and the newspaper had failed to consult her mother or the complainant - who had been the primary caregivers - prior to publication.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the provision of a private letter from the editor apologising for the distress caused by the article and acknowledging that, as a matter of courtesy, the complainant and his wife should have been contacted in advance of the article appearing in print.

Date Published: 05/07/2011



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