Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 4
Publication: The Scottish Sun
Mr David Clark, and Mrs Judith Miller-Clark, complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the newspaper's publication of an article which was, in their view, inaccurate and intrusive, in breach of Clauses 1 (Accuracy), 3 (Privacy) and 4 (Harassment) of the Editors' Code of Practice.
The complainants objected to the article's claim that a ‘controversial loan write-off', resulted in Mr David Clark's resignation as a Shetland Council employee, and they also felt the article had implied, incorrectly, that Mr Clark was involved in a tax avoidance scheme.
Furthermore, the complainants objected to the assertion that they were married in ‘secret', and they felt the article's headline had suggested, once again incorrectly, that they were involved in financial wrongdoing.
The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated an undertaking, on the part of the newspaper, to tag its records with the complainants concerns. Furthermore, the newspaper removed its two most recent online articles about the complainants, and published the following clarification:On 15th May 2012, we published an article about Mr David Clark and Mrs Miller-Clark, in which we repeated several accusations made against them. We accept that this article contained several inaccuracies relating to accusations against the couple. Investigations carried out by a number of bodies, including the police and Audit Scotland, found no evidence of wrongdoing. We apologise for any distress the article caused.
Date Published: 25/09/2012
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