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Complainant Name:
Karen Machin

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: St Helens Reporter


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.


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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