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Complainant Name:
Miss Melissa Thomas

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Daily Mail


Miss Melissa Thomas complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) and Clause 3 (Privacy) of the Editors' Code of Practice about an article which reported on a conviction for perverting the course of justice. The complainant expressed concern about a claim that she had created a social media page the defendant's name, using it to post herself "spiteful and abusive messages". The complainant denied that she had ever accepted setting up such a Facebook page, or that this had formed part of the charges against her. The complainant was also concerned that the newspaper had published a number of photographs from her social media page.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of several Facebook images, as well as the addition of the following statement to the online report:

We are happy to clarify that Ms Thomas has always denied the accusation that she admitted setting up an artificial Facebook page in Mr Parnell's name.

Date Published: 09/07/2013

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