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Complainant Name:
Mrs Donna Smith

Clauses Noted: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Publication: Derry Journal


Mrs Donna Smith complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an online article, which reported a statement from the vigilante group RAAD in which it claimed responsibility for killing her son, breached the terms of Clauses 1 (Accuracy); 2 (Opportunity to reply); 3 (Privacy); 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) and 6 (Children) of the Editors' Code of Practice. She was particularly concerned that the article did not contain the family's rebuttal to the vigilante group's claims regarding her son.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article: the newspaper also agreed to write privately to the complainant.

Date Published: 23/08/2012

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