A regional daily has apologised to a man after revealing his medical condition following an interview with his mother.
The Liverpool Echo sent a private letter of apology to the unnamed man, who complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation after taking umbrage with the newspaper publishing details of his condition.
The story had detailed the man’s mother’s experience visiting him in hospital, losing her hospital parking ticket and then being charged full price for parking.
The Echo included a quote from her which referred to her son’s condition, but the man argued publishing information about his health represented an intrusion into his privacy.
Complaining under Clause 2 (Privacy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice, the man said he had not consented to the information being published and had made an effort to keep matters relating to his health private.
He said that by naming his mother people had been able to identify him, and he had been contacted by people who were unaware of his circumstances.
The Echo apologised for any distress caused by the article, which it said was not its intention.
The paper had specifically left out the man’s name under the belief that the story then would not identify him to anyone who didn’t already know him, adding it removed the reference to him from the story after he had initially got in contact about the issue.
During the course of IPSO’s investigation, the Echo offered to fully remove the online version of the article and to send the man a private letter of apology – resolving the matter to his satisfaction.
IPSO therefore made no determination on whether there was a breach of Code, and the full resolution statement can be read here.