Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Pixie fuss

Again, to the Daily Mail, which runs a story and a photo about one of Bob Geldof's kids, Pixie, being thrown out a nightclub:

The 15-year-old youngest daughter of Sir Bob and the late Paula Yates was thrown out of London's exclusive nightclub Paper at the weekend after security guards finally did the math and realised she was far too young to be there.

So, the bouncers did the maths (what's with the Mail using the American "math", by the way?), but did anyone at the Mail?

A quick look at the Press Complaints Commission code on reporting about children shows that, while Pixie shouldn't have been in a nightclub, she shouldn't have been in the Mail, either:
A child under 16 must not be interviewed or photographed on issues involving their own or another child’s welfare unless a custodial parent or similarly responsible adult consents.
Editors must not use the fame, notoriety or position of a parent or guardian as sole justification for publishing details of a child’s private life.

We'd be fascinated to know how 'Geldof's daughter in a nightclub' squared with the code.