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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1, 2, 3, 4

Publication: Sunday Life


A woman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate information about her, had failed to afford her the opportunity to respond to inaccuracies, had intruded into her private life, and had engaged in harassment in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 2 (Opportunity to reply), Clause 3 (Privacy), and Clause 4 (Harassment) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the newspaper had incorrectly claimed that she was a prostitute who "raked in a fortune giving pleasure to dirty old men".


The newspaper denied the alleged breaches of the Code. It said that it was reporting a claim made by a former friend that the complainant worked as a prostitute, and that the complainant had informed the paper that she had worked as an escort and had advertised her services using sexually explicit language. However, the complaint was resolved when the newspaper assured the complainant that it had no intention of publishing further stories about her. It would not be writing about her in this context again, unless it was reporting on a court case.

Date Published: 02/05/2014

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