Removing news articles from the internet could be challenging as news organisations are often keen to maintain their publications regardless of truthfulness, relevancy or accuracy.
You might wish to remove news article from the internet if you believe that the news article is defamatory, is out of date or that it has a devastating impact on your life for any other reason. Often, individuals who had been arrested by the police, or who had their image and name circulated as wanted prior to their arrest, will be keen to have news articles who report those events to be removed from the internet.
Those who faced a trial and were either found guilty or not guilty, will often want to have details of this very difficult time in their life to be removed from news publications or to not be found by people who look their name up on Google or on other search engines. Certainty, if you have been found not guilty, if you were a victim in a trial or a mere witness, it is likely that you will want to remove news articles from the internet, if those news articles can identify you.
If you have decided that you wanted to remove news articles from the internet, you will need to contact the newspaper publisher and ask them to remove the offending article. This, however, might be insufficient. If the news articles is based on a press release by the police or by the Crown Prosecution Service, you will need to contact them too, to have their press release removed from the internet and to have their confirmation and acknowledgement that there is no longer a requirement or a legal justification for the information they had put out in the press release, to be published online.
You might also need to contact any other publisher who copied or who had rewritten the news articles that you wish to remove from the internet and ask them to delete their articles too. Finally, there are news aggregators who publish news articles from various newspapers will also need to be asked to remove their copy of the news article from the internet.
In many cases, often more than you might realised, you will have a right to demand that certain news articles are removed from the internet either from source or from internet search results. This will often be on the ground of breach of privacy or breach of data and in some cases, on the ground of defamation or of breach of your statutory right to, for example, be rehabilitated.
If you have decided to remove news articles from the internet, you should do this properly and try to leave no traces because if you do, they are likely to re-surface sooner or later.
Pay attention to Google auto-suggestion, to images and to internet pages that refer to the original news article that you want to have removed. Be through and detail and you will be able to regain your life once you have succeeded in removing all the offending news articles from the internet
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