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To: The House of Commons and Oliver Dowden - Secretary of State for Media

Caroline's Law

To consider a law that would make it a criminal offence, not dissimilar to Corporate Manslaughter, for the British Media to knowingly and relentlessly bully a person, whether they be in the public eye or not, up to the point that they take their own life.

Why is this important?

Sections of the British press & media act with impunity, and more recently there have been a number of cases where they have sought to sensationalise the misfortune of individuals (mainly those already in the public eye, but not always so) to the catastrophic detriment of the individuals' mental welfare. The Jeremy Kyle show, and Caroline Flack being recent examples.

We'll never truly know all of the things that were going on in Caroline's mind when she took the decision to take her life. But we do know that sections of the media were quite happy to drag her life through the wringer purely in order to sell a few more papers and it's just not right. What price is a life? This isn't the first time this has happened, and I'm concerned that without a new law, it won't be the last.

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Reasons for signing

  • Vulnerable people need protection , you wouldn’t say to someone’s face what you do online. People should think before they post . We don’t know peoples mental state , this could push someone closer to the edge. We’re all human why do we all have to try and break someone down is to make us feel good? Or cause we can. Words are just words.....they have an impact....
  • It's time to acknowledge that tabloid press is not "news" or "entertainment" or providing the British public with anything meaningful. We teach children that bullying is wrong, yet it is present in all forms of public adult interaction unless we step in to make changes. As soon as laws and accountability is addressed, the sooner these money makers will have to admit their impact and motivation in driving these campaigns.
  • Life is supposed to be about joy and making our own choices. No one should bully anyone in society.

Updates

2020-02-22 12:23:30 +0000

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2020-02-18 13:29:06 +0000

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2020-02-17 20:09:10 +0000

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2020-02-17 11:10:46 +0000

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2020-02-17 10:20:31 +0000

We have sent out our first communication to Oliver Dowden MP, and are now waiting for acknowledgement.

2020-02-17 09:05:54 +0000

Wow thanks guys, keep up the momentum by sharing as much as possible! We cant let this suddenly vanish off the horizon. Keep sharing and we'll be releasing further updates shortly. Den P.

2020-02-16 23:20:45 +0000

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