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Complainant Name:
Mr Vince Harris

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5, 10

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Vince Harris complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article about the death of his son that was inaccurate and intrusive in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 3 (Privacy) and Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was further concerned that the publication of images taken from his son's Facebook profile had breached Clause 10 (Clandestine devices and subterfuge) of the Code.


The complaint was resolved on the basis of the removal of the article from the newspaper's website, a private letter of apology to the complainant, a donation to charity, and the publication of the following apology online:

"We published an article on 10 October 2013 regarding the death of Daniel Harris in Sydney. Included in this article were some details and photographs of Daniel which caused some distress to his family and friends. We regret that we added to their distress at what is a sad time for all involved and wish to apologise to the Harris family and their friends for any offence or distress caused."

Date Published: 12/02/2014

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