Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Wrong, wrong, so clearly wrong
What kind of world do we live in when so whole organisations defend the indefensible, claim that they did not know, claim that is wasn’t them.
Regulation of the Press is clearly unsavoury in a democracy but when the basic human rights to privacy are not even considered essential to preserve when it comes to people who have lost their children to sexual abuse and murder, we have to accept that the balance is wrong.
But this is not just a story of good people and bad people ... young innocent girls who get killed but evil unbalanced men ... but it is also the actions of a variety of people in an organisation booth men and women who saw it as acceptable in the name of selling more newspapers,in the name of profit to commit which they knew were unlawful, immoral and potentially likely to cause additional distress to grieving parents and also potentially likely to pervert the course of justice.
In the same way as the banks , who were reckless with their risk assessment or the sub-prime mortgage market which came close to spiralling the world into complete economic disaster need better regulation, so does the media to ensure that profit and any story at any cost isn’t the doctrine that prevails and influences our world to the institutional abuse of individuals when they are at their most vulnerable.
The motivation of profit and unravelling of how various people who should have put a stop to it and did not is exactly why the Government must box clever with Rupert Murdoch’s BskyB takeover.
Millie Dowler and Soham girls murder phone hacking! Time for a public enquiry