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Complainant Name:
The Diarrassouba family

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Daily Mail


The Diarrassouba family complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article following the death of her brother which, in addition to being intrusive and insensitive in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock), wrongly reported that he had been shop-lifting at the time of his death in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper sent a private letter of apology to the complainant, altered the online article, and published the following apology on its website:

An earlier version of this article referred to Seydou Diarrassouba as a "shop lifter". We have removed these references from the article, as we now understand it had been established that he had not been shoplifting. The family also dispute the description of Seydou as a "known gangster". A photograph of him receiving treatment has been removed from the article. We regret any additional distress the article caused Mr Diarrassouba's family.

Date Published: 08/11/2012

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