PCC upholds accuracy complaint and publishes two privacy adjudications
The Press Complaints Commission has criticised the Sunday
Mail for inaccurate reporting in breach of the terms of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of
the Code. The article related to an
alleged vendetta conducted by the complainant towards a family, and
inaccurately reported the court order that had been granted against him. To
read the full adjudication click here.
The PCC has also adjudicated upon complaints, under Clause 3 (Privacy) of the Code, from the Eastenders' actors Nigel Harman and Michelle Ryan about articles published in Star magazine. Both articles were part of a regular 'Neighbourhood Celebwatch' feature, in which photographs of shops and amenities in a celebrity's neighbourhood - where they allegedly spend time - are published. The complainants contended that the articles concerning them may have compromised their security by enabling readers to trace their whereabouts.
While the Commission emphasised the need for vigilance in
this area of reporting - and welcomed the editor's undertaking to take greater
care with the compilation of the feature in future - it rejected the
complaints. This was principally for
three reasons. It did not consider that
the articles had actually provided sufficient information to identify the
complainants' homes and therefore compromise their security. It observed that the complainants themselves
had not been photographed in an intrusive way or been harassed by journalists;
and it noted that no examples of actual security problems attendant on the
articles had been provided.
For further information please contact Stephen Abell on 020 7353 1248
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