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Complainant Name:
Mr Roy Atkinson

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Roy Atkinson complained to the Press Complaints Commission about a report of the death of his wife, which he considered had intruded into his grief in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology, and a donation to charity in memory of the complainant's wife:

We have been informed that an article about Rita Atkinson's death published on 2nd January greatly upset Mrs Atkinson's husband and family. We regret that this was the case and apologise for the distress caused.

Date Published: 13/06/2014

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