Government tells press to ‘get on’ with reform following Lucy Meadows inquest
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has commented on the inquest into the death of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows and says it is now time for the press industry “to get on with setting up an independent, self-regulatory body.”
Before her death from suicide in February, Meadows had contacted the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) to complain about the way she had been treated after her gender transition was made public by a local paper and then the wider national media in December 2012.
Mr Singleton announced he would be writing to Culture Secretary Maria Miller over the press’s conduct and he was particularly scathing of the Daily Mail.
“It seems to me that nothing has been learnt from the Leveson Inquiry or subsequent report,” he added.
In March, a Mail spokesman quoted Guardian media commentator Roy Greenslade, who stressed “that there is no clear link – indeed any link – between what Littlejohn wrote and the death of Lucy Meadows.”
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He said: “It is clear that there is a marked tendency in a section of the press to fail to treat members of the transgender and intersex communities with sufficient dignity and respect… parts of the tabloid press continue to seek to ‘out’ transgender people notwithstanding its prohibition in the Editors’ Code.”
On Wednesday, a Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson said to PinkNews.co.uk: “Lord Justice Leveson was clear that we need to reform our system of press regulation.
“We have cross party agreement on a strong new system of voluntary self-regulation of the press, based on incentives, and without the need for statutory regulation.
“It is now for the industry to get on with setting up an independent, self-regulatory body.”
Trans Media Watch (TMW), the charity that works to improve media coverage of transgender and intersex issues submitted evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.
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