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December 12, 2007

Website ‘gave too much detail on suicide’

Filed under: News, Headlines — news_editor @ 12:31 am

The UK Press Complaints Commission has upheld a complaint against a website shared by the Wigan Evening Post, Wigan Observer and other weekly local titles, which published ’specific details’ about how a local teacher electrocuted himself. The complainant, the teacher’s wife, considered the reporting was particularly irresponsible given that it might adversely affect children taught by her husband.

This was the first case adjudicated by the PCC since clause 5 of the editors’ Code of Conduct (on intrusion into shock or grief) was expanded last year to state that ‘when reporting suicide, care should be taken to avoid excessive detail about the method used’.

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