Clauses Noted: 1, 5
Publication: Daily Mirror
Mrs Amanda Hall complained that an article had inaccurately reported that her mother, Rosemary Pagett, had been raped in her home, and had died in hospital ten days later. In fact, her mother had been sexually assaulted. The complainant explained that this article had added to her distress at an extremely difficult time.
The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology in its ‘For the Record’ column:
On 20 July relying on information from a news agency, the Daily Mirror incorrectly reported that Rosemary Pagett, 75, had died in hospital 10 days after being raped in her home. We now understand that, although Ms Pagett had been sexually assaulted, she had not been raped. We offer our sincere apologies to Ms Pagett’s family for any distress caused.
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