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Complainant Name:
Mrs Judy Chapman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Observer


Mrs Judy Chapman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which referred to her late husband, the News of the World journalist Ray Chapman, contained inaccuracies.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification and apology, in the newspaper and online:

"Secret tapes, Coulson's exit and the riddle of the story that won't go away" (In Focus, 23 January) reported claims from sources that - owing to a "growing drink problem" - former News of the World journalist Ray Chapman "started secretly taping conversations with his colleagues and editors", and that these tapes might assist in confirming allegations of phone hacking at the newspaper. Mr Chapman's widow has asked us to make clear that Mr Chapman was teetotal for the last 15 years of his life, and that she denies the existence of any such tapes. We apologise to Mrs Chapman for any distress caused.

Date Published: 01/07/2011

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