Record Escapes PCC Censure

The Daily Record has escaped censure from the Press Complaints Commission, which declined to uphold any of various complaints made against the newspaper, including one of alleged harassment.

The complaint was from former criminal, Paul Ferris, and his partner, Carolyn Cunningham. One complaint, that the reporting of the couple having a baby daughter was intrusive, was dismissed on both privacy and reporting-of-children grounds, ie clauses three and six of the PCC’s Code of Practice.

Ferris and Cunningham complained of the allegation in the newspaper, from an ‘underworld source’, that they wanted to keep the birth secret to protect the family from revenge attacks. They said they had not.

Neither was a further complaint – under clause four (harassment) – upheld.

On a complaint about accuracy (clause one), the PCC considered that the newspaper’s offer to publish something further, setting out the complainants’ position, was a proportionate remedy to any breach of the code.

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