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The Press Complaints Commission has investigated whether an article published on The Independent website under the headline “Chainsaw death was ‘carefully thought through suicide’”, contained excessive detail about the method of suicide used in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Code.

Claire Beale on Advertising: ‘Advertisers have had a stay of execution’

Spotted: a silver lining. Only sterling silver, but a lining nonetheless. And for once adland has the Government to thank.

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George Osborne has tried to move on from the donations row by admitting that he made a mistake by becoming involved in discussions over a donation from the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Meet the Press Complaints Commission's new line-up

A new line-up of the Press Complaints Commission met for the first time last week. PCC director Tim Toulmin explains who's who

My Week In Media: Lembit Opik

Last week I watched...
BBC News 24. The Obama-Clinton race for the Democrat candidacy is such an oddity. It reminds me of The West Wing. I know Ohio quite well as I used to work there one week a month for Procter & Gamble, before I became an MP, and I thought Hillary would be their kind of gal. But the drama of Obama is large in the unpredictability of the results. Obviously, I watched the news of the referendum vote. I voted with Nick Clegg because he is an expert on Europe and I didn't want to read the 200 pages of the EU Treaty myself when I trusted his judgement. He is under zero threat to his leadership. Even the people who resigned don't want him to go. We're a pretty close-knit little team and when the Lib Dems have arguments, we do it in a respectful way.

Task force considers the 'Werther effect'

One question considered by the special task force of police, health and social services set up in Bridgend to review the spate of suicides is whether they are examples of the "Werther effect", the name given to suicide clusters after the title of a novel by Goethe.

Vickery admits England are back to square one

Jonny Wilkinson, Andy Farrell, Jason Robinson... now that the big names are queueing up to play rather than queueing for treatment, the red-rose faithful are talking about England hanging on to the World Cup they won in 2003, rather than handing it back this autumn with a mumbled apology for having ideas above their station.

Bill Hagerty on the press: Alarm bells are ringing over royals' special privacy rights

The European Court of Human Rights sure started something when it ruled that Princess Caroline of Monaco and her family should not have been photographed skiing and playing tennis in public. To begin with, the decision was considered by media lawyers in the UK to strengthen the case for a privacy law - something the industry would welcome with the same enthusiasm it would afford the Black Death. Secondly, it supplied ammunition for those charged with shielding public figures from the public eye.

Bill Hagerty on the press

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'Express' owner in new race inquiry

Richard Desmond, already under fire for an extraordinary tirade against Germans, now faces fresh allegations of xenophobia - this time over the content of his newspaper, the Daily Express.

The Media Column: The PCC must return to its roots, when all editors quailed before it

Few would disagree that the Press Complaints Commission does not live up to the claims of its three-F slogan. Fast: yes.

I won't befriend editors, new PCC chief pledges

The new director of the Press Complaints Commission has promised to avoid making friends with newspaper editors in an attempt to end claims that the watchdog is too close to the industry.

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