News vs Gossip – Inquiry into Press Tactics

Inquiry Into Press Tactics Turns the Tables on Tabloids

  • The high court judge leading the inquiry, Sir Brian Leveson, has called the sessions that began this week, relayed live on the inquiry’s Web site, a “right of reply” for victims of tabloid excesses.
  • Beyond the wolf-pack excesses of paparazzi, beyond the phone hacking that has been news here for months, witnesses have told of practices that they described as bullying and intimidation.
  • Now it is commonplace, at the hearings and beyond, to describe the tabloids as a mafia, and to demand steps to bring them back within the scope of the law.
  • Sir Brian Leveson has refused requests by the newspapers’ lawyers for the right to cross-examine the witnesses, and issued a formal warning to the mass-circulation papers not to strike back against those testifying with new articles that invade their privacy or damage their reputations. » The full New York Times article – By John F. Burns Published: November 25, 2011.

“News Vs Gossip” – Simplified Mock Trial – Fact Summary »

Use and abuse of chat rooms selling gossip as news? Chat room image Florida online reading – selling newspapers image source

A Newspaper that looks for possible stories from Thai web site bulletin boards, blogs, and chat-rooms picked up the story spreading about Lek who had claimed her teacher had stolen her hand phone.

The newspaper called her mother for an interview.
Lek’s mother told the Newspaper that Ms Lawson hated her daughter and took her hand phone to punish her.

The Thai Newspaper printed a story: Headline News – “Teacher abuses kid”
The story added that the school in which the teacher taught was very bad and should be closed until the government investigates.

The same day, a parent of a student from the school sent the newspaper article to the head of the school.
He translated the article for Lek’s teacher, Ms lawson, who became very upset.
“That’s not true!” She said. “They lied!”
“Don’t they need any evidence to show what they print is true?”

The Newspaper said it was just passing along stories that interested readers and the damage to Ms Lawson and the school were their own fault not the Newspapers.

This is the third of three related Learning Foundation Simplified Mock Trial cases:
“I can say what I want!”
“I was just protecting my kid”
“News vs Gossip”

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