The article appeared in today’s edition of the Sunday World newspaper. It made a number of false assertions not only about the recent death of Gary Matthews, but also about the death 5 years ago of a 16 year old child.
The double page piece, headlined on the front page, sought to intrude into the grief of the distraught family who have been left heartbroken by the malicious, inaccurate and unjustifiable article carried in today’s paper.
Despite the unjustified intrusion into the families grief, the statement claims that there was no attempt to contact the family or the mother of the deceased child prior to publication either to seek their permission, fact check the story or simply warn the family of what was to be published about their loved ones.
Unionist Voice has republished the full statement issued by the family via social media and to all media outlets via the medium of East Belfast Community Initiative.