London’s King’s College Hospital has said it will lodge a formal complaint with the press watchdog after a journalist from The Sun allegedly impersonated a relative of a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire in an attempt to get an interview.
A spokesperson told The Independent they had “formally written to The Sun and will be informing the Independent Press Standards Organisation [Ipso].”
They added: “We are unable to comment on the specifics until our complaint has been investigated.”
The Sun reporter was reportedly trying to get an interview with patient Marcio Gomes, who lived on the 21st floor of the tower block.
He has been hailed a hero after reportedly racing back into the burning building to rescue his 12-year-old daughter.
Marcio Gomes has been called a hero for racing back into the burning building to find his eldest daughter
News UK, the parent company for The Sun, has refuted claims that the journalist tried to pretend they were a relative of Mr Gomes, stating that the allegations are “very factually incorrect”.
In a statement, the newspaper said it had already been “in contact with one of the people injured in the Grenfell fire, who provided a detailed phone interview for the newspaper.”
The paper says a reporter and photographer made hospital staff aware they were present and that they had been in touch with the victim.
“However we were informed the contact had changed his mind on the interview and The Sun promptly left the hospital. We refute any accusation that our employees acted inappropriately and we condemn the inaccurate and hyperbolic reporting that these accusations have provoked.”
Statement: The Sun wants to make it completely clear that no reporter has ‘impersonated’ any Grenfell Tower family members. pic.twitter.com/DuvjKi3HXg
— The Sun (@TheSun) June 16, 2017
Ipso director of external affairs Niall Duffy said the organisation has not yet received a complaint…