The move comes after Jan Moir‘s article, which branded the late singer’s passing as “strange, lonely and troubling”, attracted more than 25,000 complaints – the most ever made about a single newspaper article.
So far, no complaint has also been received from Gately‘s family, the band or individual members.
Moir‘s article, published the day before Gately’s funeral in Dublin (October 16), attracted angry comments on social networking sites and blogs.
She wrote: “Whatever the cause of death is, it is not, by any yardstick, a natural one. Let us be absolutely clear about this. All that has been established so far is that Stephen Gately was not murdered.
“As a gay rights champion, I am sure he would want to set an example to any impressionable young men who may want to emulate what they might see as his glamorous routine.
“For once again, under the carapace of glittering, hedonistic celebrity, the ooze of a very different and more dangerous lifestyle has seeped out for all to see.”
Moir later made a statement defending her column, saying it was not her intention to offend, blaming a “heavily orchestrated internet campaign” for the furore and adding that it was “mischievous in the extreme to suggest that my article has homophobic and bigoted undertones”.