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Complainant Name:
A man

Clauses Noted: 3, 5

Publication: Sunday Mirror


A man complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a private photograph of him without consent. The complainant was pictured posing with a school friend who was facing a murder charge and believed that publication of the image represented an intrusion in breach of Clauses 3 (Privacy) and 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated a donation to the complainant's chosen charity, British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association (BLESMA), the provision of a private letter from the editor and the publication of an apology in the following terms:

In our article of May 26 "Terror on our streets", concerning murder suspect Michael Adebolajo's past, we published pictures of him when he was at school with fellow pupils. After being contacted by one of those former pupils, we wish to apologise for any distress or upset caused by the publication.

Date Published: 26/07/2013

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