Response from pcc about the Sunday World picture

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Just got this back from the pcc about the picture published in the Sunday World at the weekend. At least they’ll be publishing an apology.

Thank you for contacting us about the article published in the Sunday World.  We have received several complaints about this matter. The Commission will first seek to have regard to the feelings of the family of the deceased about the article.  Any complaint under Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) is likely to need to rely on the views of those who are experiencing the grief, such as family members.  Furthermore, the PCC process can have a public outcome, and we would not wish to act in any way that might add to the intrusion of those affected by the piece. To that end, the Commission has been in touch with police, who are in a position to represent the interests of the family.  We have made clear our services to them, and will respond to any complaint they wish to make. I hope you can understand why we are trying to take the family’s feelings into consideration in this way. I should also point out that we now understand from the newspaper that a published apology is to appear in the paper on Sunday, in response to the complaints that have been made. If you feel that the Commission should still take forward your complaint, with no involvement from the family, we will ask Commission members to consider your submission.  A decision can then be reached about your case.  Please contact us within the next 10 days with your further thoughts, and your complaint will be assessed.  You may wish to see the published apology before pursuing the matter further.