Those working for newspapers or magazines should abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice. The Code sets out what the media should do to ensure stories are accurate, and that privacy is respected as far as possible. The code includes rules for cases involving grief and shock. Publication in these circumstances should be sensitive. The code states that when suicide is talked about care should be taken to avoid giving too much detail about the method used.
The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has produced guidance on harassment from journalists, available here.
If you are not happy about the way the press has treated you, or reported the death of your friend or relative, you can make a complaint on the IPSO website here. You can also call on 0300 123 2220. IPSO operates an out-of-hours number for emergencies only on 07799 903929.
If you are concerned about radio or television coverage you can also complain to the communications regulator, Ofcom, telephone: 0300 123 3333 or 020 7981 3040, or to the BBC, via their complaints page or telephone: 03700 100 222.