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Complainant Name:
Ms Sandra Rhodes

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Fife Free Press


Ms Sandra Rhodes complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the publication of six articles which had, in her view, breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The articles in question had reported on a Scottish Funding Council investigation into Adam Smith College, in Kirkcaldy, where the complainant had previously worked; however, she said it was not the case that she had held the position of ‘executive director', and she objected to the publication of her photograph. The complainant was also concerned that the newspaper had failed to contact her for comment, when producing its reports.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated an undertaking from the newspaper to remove the complainant's photograph from its archives, and to not use it in future articles, unless new developments about the complainant's role at Adam Smith College came to light. The newspaper also committed itself to contact the complainant for comment in relation to any new developments in her position at the college, and published the following clarification:

In our coverage of events at Adam Smith College between February and June, we described Sandra Rhodes as an executive director. Her job title was in fact director of information management. We are happy to correct this inaccuracy and clarify her position.

Date Published: 01/11/2012

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