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Complainant Name:
Sir Alan Davies

Clauses Noted: 10

Publication: Daily Mail


Sir Alan Davies complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article on the newspaper's website was accompanied by a photograph of him being knighted by the Queen, which was his personal property, that had been acquired through its unauthorised removal from a picture gallery in Copland School in breach of Clause 10 (i) of the Editors' Code.


The Daily Mail explained that the photograph was taken from its digital image library which is shared with the Evening Standard. The newspaper said it was not responsible for the removal of the image which had been in its library for almost two years at the time of publication and its understanding was that an Evening Standard reporter had obtained the photograph.

The editor of the Evening Standard was asked to comment and explained that as the journalist responsible for the original coverage was no longer with the newspaper, he could not reply in detail. He did, however, assure the complainant that no photographer either employed or working for the Evening Standard took the picture.

The matter was eventually resolved when the Daily Mail deleted the image under complaint from the online article and its archive. The Evening Standard made similar arrangements for a further photograph of the complainant that appeared on its own website after the complainant raised concerns about it having been taken in circumstances which, in his view, involved trespass on school property.

Date Published: 25/11/2011

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