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Complainant Name:
Alison Clarke

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Daily Record


Alison Clarke complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the newspaper's coverage of the death of her mother in a car crash. Ms Clarke was particularly concerned about the timing of the coverage: the newspaper had published photographs of the incident and of her mother less than two days after it occurred, before some family members had been notified of the death. She considered that the article raised a breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock).


The newspaper did not accept that it had breached the terms of the Code, but it was very sorry to have upset the complainant by publishing the article, and in particular, the photographs. It wrote a private letter to the complainant expressing acknowledging her distress and expressing regret. In the circumstances the complainant was content to resolve the complaint on this basis.

Date Published: 01/11/2011

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