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Complainant Name:
Shaun Harrison

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5, 6

Publication: Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Complaint:

Shaun Harrison complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 3 (Privacy), Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief and shock) and Clause 6 (Children) in its coverage of the death of his son, Tyler Whelan. The complainant was particularly concerned that the newspaper had published pictures of his son without his consent, which he suspected had been taken from a social networking site.

Resolution:

The newspaper had enormous sympathy with the complainant and apologised if it had caused him any additional grief. It had reported information asserted in court or by emergency services. One photograph of the complainant's son had been provided by a news agency and had been published in good faith; another was the newspaper's own and was cropped from a photograph that had been taken previously at the complainant's son's school. The newspaper was happy to consult with the complainant further in relation to its coverage of the death and related legal proceedings to avoid causing him unnecessary distress. The complainant considered that the newspaper had provided a satisfactory response to his concerns and trusted that it would treat him with consideration in regard to future coverage. He agreed to resolve his complaint on that basis.

Date Published: 29/07/2011



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