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Complainant Name:
Ms Christine Bywater

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Take a Break


Ms Christine Bywater complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article about the death of her daughter, Julie, which breached Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) and Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the article had been published without her knowledge and had caused her significant distress because it appeared nearly two months after the trial of her daughter's murderer. The complainant was also concerned that the presentation of the article suggested that she had spoken to the magazine about her daughter's death.


The magazine said that the article, a report of the trial and conviction, had been published at the earliest possible time following the end of the trial and had been based on information in the public domain. The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated a letter of apology to the complainant by the magazine, expressing regret for having inadvertently caused her distress and acknowledging that she had not co-operated with the article. The magazine also offered the complainant an assurance that it would not publish further articles about her daughter.

Date Published: 21/07/2011

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