Joint Committee on Human Rights Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Question 80)

MR ROGER JEARY, MR JOHN USHER, MS HANNAH REED AND MS CAROLYNE WILLOW

14 JANUARY 2008

  Q80  Chairman: Thank you very much. Does anybody want to add anything to what you have had to say?

  Ms Willow: Can I just add a point in terms of the public debate and the media hostility. Now would be the time for political leaders to stand shoulder to shoulder in terms of strong and clear commitment to human rights in terms of trying to tackle and get over some of the inbuilt conservatism within the British media. Also I would say that the media hostility for children and other vulnerable groups is not uniformly hostile and there are ways in, there are areas around human rights that the public and the media are not aware of and when they become aware they share the same level of shock and disbelief and intolerance that those of us working in human rights have. I do not think we should automatically assume that the media is fully informed and has taken a fully informed position on human rights, they can be lacking in information and understanding just like the rest of us.

  Chairman: Thank you very much.





 
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