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Complainant Name:
Mrs Lilian Molyneux

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Liverpool Echo


Mrs Lilian Molyneux complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had insensitively published personal information in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice in a report of her brother's inquest.


The complaint was resolved when, as a gesture of goodwill, the newspaper made a donation to two charities and after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology:

George Parsons - an apology

A report on Tuesday, January 14 of the inquest of George Parsons, 59, of MacDonald Street, Wavertree, included an extract from a suicide note.

The extract should not have been published. The note was not read out at the inquest and Mr Parson's family were not asked about it in advance. We are very sorry for any distress caused to them.

As a gesture of goodwill, we have made a donation in memory of Mr Parsons to two charities nominated by the family.

Date Published: 30/06/2014

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