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Complainant Name:
Mr Ian Wace and Ms Saffron Aldridge

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10

Publication: The Mail on Sunday

Complaint:

Mr Ian Wace and Ms Saffron Aldridge complained to the Press Complaints Commission, via Lewis Silkin, that the newspaper had published an article reporting injuries suffered by Mr Wace during a recent holiday, which was in breach of Clauses 1 (Accuracy), 3 (Privacy) and 5 (Intrusion into grief and shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice. They also complained that the conduct of the newspaper's reporters breached Clauses 4 (Harassment), 8 (Hospitals) and 10 (Clandestine devices and subterfuge) of the Code. The complainants said that reporters from the newspaper had entered their house without identifying themselves as journalists and falsely informed their housekeeper Mr Wace was expecting them. Mr Wace subsequently contacted the editor to emphasise he did not want an article about his injuries to be published, as the publication of information about his health intruded into his private life. The editor had later informed the complainants the newspaper would be running the story as it would be appearing elsewhere. Other publications had not, in fact, covered the matter. The complainants considered that the resulting article intruded into their private life.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved between the parties.

Date Published: 14/02/2013



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