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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 4, 5

Publication: Daily Mail


A woman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article, which reported that a comedian had been given a police caution after uploading a picture of her on Facebook and asking members of the public to "ride her like a horse", breached the terms of Clauses 1 (Accuracy), 3 (Privacy), 4 (Harassment) and 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice. She said that the article had taken the comedian's actions out of context and made light of the distressing incident. Furthermore, she raised concerns that the newspaper had not contacted her to check the validity of the story.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article. The newspaper also sent a private letter of apology and a bunch of flowers to the complainant.

Date Published: 30/08/2012

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