Murdoch’s Sun bought name and home address of rape complainant
— December 4, 2014
By Tom Pride
(not satire – it’s the UK press!)
(not satire – it’s the UK tabloid press!)
In the UK, rape complainants have a statutory right to anonymity throughout their lifetime.
The UK press however seem to think they are above mere laws.
Which is probably why Murdoch’s Sun thought it was OK for it to buy the identity – full name, witness statements and even address – of a woman who had made a rape complaint against two Surrey police officers:
SUN REPORTER PAID POLICE OFFICER FOR STORY ABOUT THE AFTERMATH OF AN ALLEGED RAPE BY TWO SURREY POLICE OFFICERS
Never mind. After Leveson, all of that bad behaviour by the tabloids is behind us now, isn’t it?
Because now, if you’ve got a complaint about a newspaper you can always apply to the newly set-up press complaints body to investigate.
Just write to the body’s chairman, Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre.
Have a look at Labour MP Tom Watson’s excellent speech yesterday for a detailed explanation of why we still need a proper body – with real teeth – to rein in the excesses of the tabloid press:
Hacked Off Campaign 2nd Annual Leveson Lecture
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