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A man & a woman

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: Sunday World


Kevin R Winters & Co Solicitors complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which was, in their clients' view, intrusive, inaccurate and insensitive, in breach of Clauses 1 (Accuracy) 3 (Privacy) and 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The article reported on the death of the complainants' son and they felt the article headline was gratuitous and insensitive, a position with which the newspaper did not agree. The complainants also objected to the use of the word ‘tortured', to describe the mental health status of their late son.


The newspaper was eager to address the complainants' concerns, and the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated a letter of regret from the newspaper for any distress which the complainants had experienced as a result of its article.

Date Published: 07/02/2013

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