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John O’Dowd lodges complaint with Press Complaints Commission following Sunday World photo

1 November, 2009 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA for Upper Bann John O’Dowd has slammed as ‘totally irresponsible’ and reprehensible’ a photo published on the front page of today’s Sunday World showing a man who had taken his own life.

Speaking this evening Mr O’Dowd said;

“This is a totally irresponsible as well as reprehensible thing for this newspaper to do.

The family of this man will be suffering enough without having his dead body photographed and published on the front page of a newspaper.

The issue of suicide is one which has tragically affected many families across the north and undoubtedly the publication of this photo will cause great hurt.

Many Sinn Féin representatives, including myself, have today been contacted by relatives bereaved through suicide, expressing their horror and disgust at this thoughtless and careless move by a major Sunday newspaper.

I have also contacted the Press Complaints Commission to make a formal complaint regarding the decision on the part of the Sunday World to display this image.

I have no doubt that more people and groups will also express their concerns over the coming days. I would call on the Sunday World to recognise the massive amount of hurt they have caused and apologise for what was a crass and senseless decision.” CRÍOCH

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