What The Papers Say: Media puts judiciary up before the beak

The publication of a Home Office report on public attitudes to the judiciary last week gave newspapers a chance to polarise their reactions.

The publication of a Home Office report on public attitudes to the

judiciary last week gave newspapers a chance to polarise their

reactions.



Most of the heavyweight press led on the contents of the British Crime

Survey, described by the Home Office as ’one of the most important

pieces of research we have commissioned’. The Sun, Daily Mail and the

Times claimed the judiciary was looking to PR to give it a ’slick new

image’ including the suggestion that Whitehall would suggest soap opera

storylines.



There was a balance between the view that judges are ’out of touch’ and

that the public ’misunderstand the judiciary’. The strongest attack on

judges came from Mail reporter Terry Vaill, whose son’s killer was freed

after three years. The Independent, the Guardian and the Times promoted

the view that tabloid media and unbalanced reporting were mostly to

blame for public misinformation. The Guardian on 7 January charged Jack

Straw and Lord Irvine with taking a U-turn over modernising the

judiciary.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by The

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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