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Complainant Name:
Mrs Bryony Hill

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 4

Publication: The Sunday Telegraph

Complaint:

Mrs Bryony Hill complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published material which was inaccurate and intruded into her husband's privacy in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) and Clause 3 (Privacy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. She was further concerned that the journalist had engaged in harassment in breach of Clause 4 (Harassment) of the Code. The complainant considered that the article intruded into her husband's private life by reporting details of his medical condition. She had informed the reporter that she did not want his illness discussed in the public domain. The complainant was further concerned that the article had included a number of inaccuracies.

Resolution:

The newspaper accepted that the medical details relating to the complainant's husband amounted to private information. However, it believed that the disclosure was justified in the public interest as it related to important issues regarding granting power of attorney in similar circumstances; the article had focused on this issue. Nonetheless, the newspaper's editor wrote a private letter to the complainant regretting the distress the article had caused and made some amendments to the online article.

Date Published: 02/01/2014



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