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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5, 12

Publication: Western Daily Press


This complaint was originally made to the PCC. As the PCC closed on 8 September the complaint was resolved by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) under PCC procedures. IPSO is the new independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry.

A woman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 3 (Privacy), Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) and Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors' Code of Practice in an article reporting the inquest into her partner's death. She said that the article had given a misleading impression of the events leading up to the death; that a photograph which accompanied the article had intruded into her privacy; that the article had distressed her as she was grieving for her partner; and that it had included irrelevant references to her sexual orientation.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper wrote the complainant a private letter of apology.

Date Published: 25/11/2014

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