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Privacy complaint against newspapers rejected

An alleged victim of crime who claimed two regional newspapers had breached her privacy has had her complaint rejected by the Press Complaints Commission.

The woman said a court report published in October last year in the Paisley Daily Express and the weekly Renfrewshire Gazette had breached her privacy by including her name and home address.

The PCC did not uphold her complaints, which related to articles where a man appeared in Paisley Sheriff Court on petition charged with assaulting and threatening to kill her.

The complainant said the court hearing was held in private and her personal details were not stated aloud in court.

But both newspapers said their articles were an accurate account of court proceedings, based on information from a reliable court source.

In its adjudication, published online this week, the PCC said it sought advice from the Judicial Office for Scotland which said when a person appeared on petition, the hearing would generally be in private – but the media were entitled to receive basic information about the case.

The PCC said the newspapers had only published information which would have been available through official channels anyway – so the complainant’s privacy was not breached.

It also welcomed pledges from the newspapers not to name her in any future reports of the case.