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Complainant Name:
Karen Machin

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: St Helens Reporter

Complaint:

Karen Machin complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper's online coverage of the inquest into the death of her partner contained a number of inaccuracies and reported personal details which represented an intrusion into her private and family life at a time of grief. The complainant considered that the press should exhibit the utmost care and sensitivity when reporting suicide - particularly when articles can remain accessible online for a long time after the event - and the newspaper had failed to do so on this occasion.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the permanent removal of the online article from the newspaper's website.

Date Published: 21/06/2011



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