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Gazette did not breach PCC code

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

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THE Press Complaints Commission has found that the Gazette did not breach guidelines when it reported the case of a Tiverton man who assaulted his girlfriend.

Tiverton Rugby Club said the story Prop Facing Prison for Beating Woman,Gazette, October 16, breached clause 1(i) of the commission's code of conduct, which says newspapers must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information.

The club also said the story breached clause 9(i) of the code, which says friends and family of persons of crime should not be identified unless they are relevant to the crime or consent to being identified.

The commission said that newspapers are generally free to highlight information which they consider to be of interest to readers. It could not establish a breach of either clause.

With regard to Clause 9, the commission noted that Benjamin Blake, the defendant, had a public profile which to some extent was the result of his association with the rugby club, where he had played for approximately five years.

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