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Who’s to blame for salacious media mania?

Pippa Allsop debates the catch 22 situation which sees irresponsible publishers feed the public's hunger for scandal

9 February 2016

The public furore over the criminal justice system's inability to posthumously prosecute Lord Janner is an excellent illustration of the undeniable problem of the public's failure to grasp legal concepts.

The issue is more pertinent in areas such as criminal law, given the more sensationalist and therefore media-friendly themes, but it does of course occur elsewhere, for example in relation to family law topics. In particular, the ongoing trashing of the family justice system for its alleged lack of transparency springs to mind, something which has continued, despite efforts to educate the public, largely due to the wilful ignorance of the media. Ultimately (and unfortunately), sensible reasoning does not sell anywhere near as well as gross embellishment.

The fault sits largely with the media and their mania for reporting salacious stories. However, the fact that this is a circular prob...

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