By Jon Silverman
Media clamour on matters when it comes to crime, justice and civil liberties hasn't ever been extra insistent. if it is the homicide of James Bulger or detaining terrorist suspects for lengthy sessions with no trial, mediated remark has grown immeasurably over the last twenty years. So, how does it have interaction with and form coverage in those fields? How do the politicians either reply to and check out to control the media which permeates our society and culture?
Crime, coverage and the Media is the 1st educational textual content to map the connection among a speedily altering media and policymaking in felony justice. Spanning the interval, 1989-2010, it examines a few case reviews – terrorism, medicinal drugs, sentencing, policing and public security, among others – and interrogates key policy-makers (including six former domestic Secretaries, a former Lord leader Justice, Attorney-General, senior law enforcement officials, govt advisers and best commentators) concerning the influence of the media on their considering and perform.
Bolstered by means of content material and framing research, it argues that, specially, within the final decade, worry of media feedback and the day-by-day Mail impression has limited the policymaking schedule in crime and justice, concluding that the increasing impression of the net and internet 2.0 has all started to undermine a number of the ways that companies equivalent to the police have received and held a presentational virtue.
Written by means of a former BBC domestic Affairs Correspondent, with unrivalled entry to the top reaches of policy-making, it truly is either academically rigorous and obtainable and should be of curiosity to either students and practitioners in media and felony justice.
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Additional resources for Crime, Policy and the Media: The Shaping of Criminal Justice, 1989-2010
Then, it is approached on a dispassionate basis. But once a Home Office spokesman had briefed [the media], that raised it to a political level. Interview with author, 14 November 20082 Reid’s predecessor, Jack Straw, was also perturbed about his heavy-handed comments on the Sweeney sentence: It was ridiculous and I am highly critical of John for that. When I became Justice Secretary, I asked Gordon [Brown] for his support that no minister should go out and criticize judges. And I got it. This was for two reasons.
It is partly to do with the soundbite mentality. A soundbite tends to be just a reaction, not a thought-through comment. Interview with author, 17 November 2010 But as the Sunday Mirror columnist Richard Stott pointed out, considered comment, let alone considered action, is increasingly seen as an unaffordable luxury in our mediated age: Politicians surviving in a 24-hour, news-hungry, wall-to-wall goldfish bowl feel the pressure of immediate reaction that inevitably means a rush to judgment. Doing nothing is not an option, calm reflection a sign of weakness.
In the UK, it is pressure for a very high rate of incarceration. But in both cases, it is a mildly hysterical reaction, fostered between the press and politicians. Whereas in most of Europe, jurisprudence tends to be regarded as a technical matter. It is dealt with almost 30â•… Crime, Policy and the Media entirely within the judicial and penological profession. You don’t get this hysteria in Scandinavia, Holland, Germany, etc. And it is because they don’t have this adversarial judicial system. In the UK, the courts are so arranged that there is no fuzzy line between guilt and innocence.
Crime, Policy and the Media: The Shaping of Criminal Justice, 1989-2010 by Jon Silverman