Has a newspaper printed your photo wrongly?

Judith Thompson

It is becoming more common for newspapers to obtain photographs from non traditional sources, such as social media, which has led to an increase in claims when mistakes are made.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a newspaper to accidently include the photo of someone in an article when that individual in fact has no connection with the story being reported. In articles that cover stories about crime, it can lead to that person being wrongly identified as being involved with or having committed a criminal act.

Undoubtedly, this can cause serious harm to their reputation and can have devastating consequences such as losing their employment or relationships breaking down, as well as general humiliation and embarrassment.

If your photo has been used in an article that you have no connection with then you may be able to bring a claim for defamation of character.

Defamation of character arises when a statement is published that has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant. The definition of ‘statement’ has been found to include photographs.

If you or someone you know has had their photo misused in an article and has suffered serious harm to their reputation, we can help. We have acted for many clients who have been wrongly identified in both local and national newspapers and have recovered substantial damages and legal costs for them.

We will act quickly to ensure that the photo is removed from the article, an apology is published, and damages and losses are paid to compensate you for the serious harm caused to your reputation.

Contact us today to find out how we can help.