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Complainant Name:
Mrs Jennie Davies

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 4, 5

Publication: The Sun


Mrs Jennie Davies complained to the Press Complaints Commission that reporters working on behalf of the newspaper had breached the terms of Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 3 (Privacy), Clause 4 (Harassment) and Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the newspaper had made excessive approaches to family members, neighbours, associates and previous addresses for her father, Johnny Briggs, in order to seek comment on an incorrect tip-off that he had died. She said that the reporters were told on a number of occasions, including by the ITV press office, that he was on holiday in Florida and unlikely to have died, but persisted in seeking comment from other individuals. In particular, the complainant's elderly grandmother, who was the mother of Mr Briggs' ex-wife, found the reporter's approach and suggestion that her former son-in-law might be dead deeply distressing.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated a private letter of apology from the editor to the complainant, apologising for the distress caused to her and her family by the newspaper's enquiries.

Date Published: 10/03/2014

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