The Editors’ Code Of Conduct, taken forward from the now-defunct Press Complaints Commission (PCC) to the so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) goes into some detail on the reporting of deaths. Moreover, it goes into detail on the subject of reporting suicides. And, following today’s Telegraph story on the apparent suicide of two News UK employees, many will be scanning those details.
Good to see the owners taking the Telegraph seriously
You can see the code guidelines HERE. The Tel’s article does not fare well when subjected to the kinds of questions shown in “Reporting Suicide” on Pages 48 to 51. For instance, “Were insensitive and unnecessary details published about the death?” In the case of the two News UK employees, there appears to have been no justification for publishing any detail of the deaths - including that they were apparently suicides.
[UPDATE 22 February 1205 hours: as Carl Eve has kindly pointed out, only the coroner can officially pronounce on suicide. And it seems that the inquests on the deaths of the two News UK employees has not yet taken place.
This is important because the Editors' Code guidelines on suicide reporting talk about being "Tougher than the law". The clear conclusion is that calling a death as a suicide should therefore not be considered until there is a coroner's ruling in place.
So that makes a potential fourth case in which the Editors' Code may have been breached. It will be interesting to see the Tel's explanation for that]