(not satire – it’s the UK gutter press!)
The press industry’s own plans for yet more toothless self-regulation were rejected by a government committee a couple of days ago for not being independent enough.
Presumably the MPs were worried that the press would continue to ride roughshod over its own rules and would continue to abuse defenceless people including young children just as they have done for decades.
And right on cue we have confirmation yet again of press bullies abusing innocent people for their own political ends – including young children.
Today’s editions of the Mail and Sun contain a vicious attack on a family both newspapers accuse of abusing social security. The stories (I’m not linking to them) have clearly been pubished for party political reasons as social security is a hot political potato at the moment.
However, both the Sun and Mail articles include photographs of children as young as 2 and 11 months old.
This breaks Clause 6 of the newspapers’ own self-regulations, which states:
v) Editors must not use the fame, notoriety or position of a parent or guardian as sole justification for publishing details of a child’s private life.
Clearly the newspapers see their own self-regulations as being so toothless they can continue to just completely ignore them.
Which is not all that surprising really as the press self-regulation body – the Press Complaints Commission Editors’ Code of Practice – is chaired by a man called Paul Dacre.
Who also happens to be Chief Editor of the Mail.
What do we do Mr Dacre? Write to you and tell you to slap yourself really really hard on the wrist?
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