Upon the sudden demise of Caroline Flack, a petition has been called for on the U.K. government to investigate the UK’s media analysis on public figures. The petition has acquired 60,000 signatures overnight.
Caroline Flack was one of the country’s most prominent television personalities, stimulated the scheme, which apparently asks the government to investigate the press following the British media coverage, which apparently defames and bullies those in the public eye including Caroline Flack.
According to the petition filed the harassment, the headlines and media trial needs to end and people spurring such should be held accountable. It was made by user Joshua Anthony and it addressed to Oliver Dowden, the U.K.’s newly installed culture secretary.
The 40-year-old was found dead in her London apartment on 15 Feb. The police have ruled it as death by suicide. The TV star was all set to face trial on 4 March, which would have been months after she was arrested and charged with assault in December following a domestic quarrel with partner Lewis Burton. Flack, who appeared in court in December, denied all allegations.
After news broke of Flack’s death on Saturday evening The Change.org petition was set up. It is well on its way to reaching its goal of 75,000 signatures. After 10,000 signatures, petitions receive a response from the different government bodies, and upon crossing 100,000 signatures, petitions are to be taken up for debate and discussion in Parliament.
Flack’s boyfriend Burton hasn’t shied away from responding. He said that his heart was broken. He further went on to say that that he was not granted permission to be there that time. He apparently kept asking the reason why. Flack had been prohibited from any kind contact with partner Burton before the trial.
The U.K.’s severe media bullying of public figures has been closely followed and debated in recent times especially after Meghan Markle’s lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday.