Chief police officer hits out at 24-hour Moat coverage

The live coverage of the last hours of gunman Raoul Moat’s life has been criticised by the chief constable of Manchester police.

“It cannot be right that the last hours of a man’s life are broadcast on live television with members of his family looking on,” said Peter Fahy on his blog.

Not only did he hit out at the dubious moral justifications for 24-hour news’s obsession with Moat, but he also stated his concern for how such media attention affects the police in highly emotional circumstances.

“The advent of 24-hour news has had a profound effect on policing,” he wrote, suggesting that in some cases “over 50 per cent” of a commanding officer’s time will be spent dealing with the media.

“It cannot be right that an officer commanding such an incident has to consider how it might look on television as if he/she was a film director,” said Fahy.

This article appears in issue 251 of Media Digest.

(Source: Press Gazette)

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