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MPS COULD PUSH FOR POSSIBLE ACTION ON ‘HOUNDING’ OF DUCHESS OF SUSSEX’
MPs could push for a Commons debate and possible action on the “hounding” of the Duchess of Sussex.
Labour’s Holly Lynch, who co-ordinated a letter from 72 female MPs in support of Meghan in 2019, suggested legislation may ultimately be needed to make the press take responsibility for its coverage of high-profile women.
“What we said in that letter was there’s got to be an integrity to the British press, to know when something is in the public interest or when it is just tearing down a woman in public life for no reason,” the Halifax MP told the PA news agency.
“Some of that will be harder to find very clear guidance, legislation, to make sure that happens in reality, but clearly we cannot have a position where a woman in public life finds that she is feeling suicidal because of the relentless nature of the attacks on her and on her character, so we need to find ways that we can create that environment where a woman isn’t hounded in the way that we saw Meghan Markle being hounded.”
She said MPs take freedom of the press seriously but it “comes with a responsibility to not be engaged in relentless and aggressive bullying of a woman – which is not about accountability, which is about tearing down somebody’s character for no good reason”.