Interesting to see the arguments the press are using to defend their outrageous harassment of victims over the years:
– “newspapers have always done it” (doesn’t make it OK!)
– “it’s not as bad as it used to be” (doesn’t make it OK!)
– “celebs are stupid if they don’t realise what they’re getting into ” (this is only one up from “She got raped but what did she expect, wearing that short shirt?”) (doesn’t make it OK!)
I also heard: “Some celebs WANT the press attention” – maybe true, but doens’t make it OK to harrass ALL of them, and certainly not OK to harrass the unsuspecting members of the ordinary public who find themselves on the end of a press story and certainly don’t want the hassle. It would be easy to have laws where you can give the press permission to camp outside your house if you really want that, or you can give the press permission to photograph you with long lenses through the windows of your home, but if no permission then its illegal.
So we await Leveson’s verdict, and I personally hope he really makes a difference this time. Enough “self regulation” – it clearly doesn’t work.