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Complainant Name:
Gordon Miller

Clauses Noted: 1, 4, 5

Publication: Belfast News Letter

Complaint:

Gordon Miller complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published articles that he considered were in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 4 (Harassment) and Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The articles reported on the inquiry into the Claudy Bombing on the 40th anniversary of the atrocity and discussed the sentiments of the complainant, whose father was a victim of the bombing. It was the complainant's position that the article was misleading because he considered that it attributed quotations to him that he had stated in the past as though he had stated them just prior to publication. The complainant further considered that an archive photo of himself that accompanied the article misleadingly appeared to have been taken at the time of publication.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of a clarification, which stated:

Our article "‘Too late' for Claudy families" (30 July) was accompanied by a photograph of Gordon Miller at the Claudy bombing memorial statue. We have been asked to make clear that this was an archive image and was not taken at the time of publication of the article.

Date Published: 01/11/2012



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