The tragic death of television presenter Caroline Flack follows months of speculative coverage from national newspapers, including the publication of photos of the aftermath of an alleged assault involving Ms Flack in several mainstream media outlets.
Trial by media can have dangerous and unforeseen consequences. The media must be careful to scrutinise justice, not administer it.
Respect for the public interest , the principle of the presumption of innocence, and the criminal justice system itself should be paramount.
It is imperative that press outlets now respect the privacy of Ms Flack’s family, who have explicitly asked in a public statement not to be contacted or photographed.
It is equally important that the press now take care to avoid speculating on motives or method in coverage of Ms Flack’s death.