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Complainant Name:
Mr Craig Moss & Ms Ruth Parkinson

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: The Times


Mr Craig Moss and Ms Ruth Parkinson complained to the Press Complaints Commission about four articles which they considered to have been inaccurate and intrusive in breach of Clauses 1 (Accuracy) and 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The complainants were particularly concerned about the suggestion that their late daughter, Sophie Parkinson, died "after being tormented by bullies".


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

In reporting the death of Sophie Parkinson, a Dundee schoolgirl (Scottish edition, March 5), we referred to a claim made on social media that she had been bullied. We have been informed that neither the police nor Sophie's school have any evidence of bullying, and that her family believe this claim to have been baseless. We are happy to make this clear and apologise for any distress caused by our report.

Date Published: 25/04/2014

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