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New guidance from PCC on coping with media attention after family deaths

The Press Complaints Commission has published new guidance aimed at members of the public who need help coping with with media attention after the death of a friend or relative.

Newspapers and magazines regularly publish stories about people who have died, particularly if the death has happened in unusual circumstances. There are generally entitled to do so, provided that they abide by the terms of the Editors’ Code of Practice. However, media interest can cause distress to those grieving, and the PCC has now issued practical guidance to ensure the interests of members of the public are properly protected.

The commission says it has consulted widely on the issue, working with outlets including Facebook, the Samaritans, MPs and the police, to ensure the resulting guidance is helpful and relevant. The guidance is also said to reflect the views of newspaper and magazine industry members.

See the new guidance here.

Press freedom report catalogues ‘attacks on the right to be informed and to inform the public’

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has posted the findings of an annual report by its partner organisation Journalist in Danger (JED) on press freedom in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was published on Friday – International Human Rights Day.

The report records the details of every known “attack on the right to be informed and to inform the public” throughout the year. It claims there were 87 cases this year, an increase on the 75 recorded in 2009.