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Complainant Name:
Alan Cameron

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: Take a Break

Complaint:

Alan Cameron complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the magazine had introduced inaccuracies into his account of his daughter's death from cancer in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was also concerned that he had not been asked for his explicit consent for the item to be published, which he believed represented a breach of Clauses 3 (Privacy) and 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock).

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification and apology in the magazine:

In issue 46 we published an article about Emma Cameron. The Take a Break editorial team were unaware that Emma's family no longer wanted this article to be published. The family also wish us to point out that it contained some inaccuracies. It was not the case that Emma complained for months about a pain in her leg until the discomfort disrupted a family walk and she was taken to hospital, nor did her father contemplate not telling her she was dying of cancer - he merely waited for the right time to do so. We are happy to clarify the position and would like to apologise for the upset caused to Emma's family.

Date Published: 21/02/2013



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