A Sunday newspaper has defended its decision to publish a front page story about a politician’s sex life despite 200 complaints being made to the press watchdog.
Sunday Life reported Mr Hussey had apologised after sending naked photographs of himself to an undercover reporter, and that he had been using websites to meet “strangers” for sex.
The Ulster Unionist, who is single, admitted using the websites and said he “did not think of the consequences”.
The story was published on the front page of Sunday’s edition, pictured above.
However, IPSO confirmed to the Belfast News Letter it has since received 200 complaints on the matter, mostly under clauses two and three of the Editors’ Code of Practice, which relate to privacy and harassment.
A similar story appeared in the Dublin-based Sunday World paper, which is not signed up to IPSO.
In a statement Sunday Life said: “We believe our story was clearly in the public interest as it highlighted a security risk.”
In the article, the paper argued that because Mr Hussey was meeting “strangers” online and then arranging to meet them in person that he was endangering himself.