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Tighter Decency Controls on Media Coverage

Comment 5th July 2010

I'm not sure that this is in the right section, but one thing I'd really like to see in the UK is a tighter control on the domineering attitude of the press and media.

An example of this is video and camera footage taken at high profile funerals, particularly when the funeral is the result of a serious crime. Its horrific, and I honestly can't see any benefit of showing the mourners on TV.

I think that laws should be introduced to protect non media savvy individuals (i.e. joe public!) if they come to the attention of the press. The McCann case really does highlight the damage that a speculative and corrosive press can cause.

 

Why does this matter?

I think that the idea is important on an individual level to preserve the sanity of an unwitting press magnet, but also on a societal level, ensuring that the general public keeps its boundaries of moral behaviour.

We should keep some reserve and decency at relevent times – ie. not disturbing people during funerals, when they are ill, when they are greiving or during a crisis.

It's like my ma always says "If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't stick a camera in their face and make things worse". She's a bit confused, our ma.

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