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Complainant Name:
Mrs Donna Smith

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

Publication: Derry Journal

Complaint:

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.

Resolution:

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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