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Hacked Off responds: Women MPs from across the House of Commons “express solidarity” with Meghan Markle over racist and sexist abuse from the press. 

Cross-party women MPs have written a letter to the Duchess of Sussex expressing their solidarity with Meghan for “taking a stand against the often distasteful and misleading” nature of newspaper reporting about her.

 

The letter also says that “we expect the national media to have the integrity to know when a story is in the national interest and when it is seeking to tear a woman down for no apparent reason.”

 

Commenting, Hacked Off Director Kyle Taylor said,

 

“We at Hacked Off also would like to express our solidarity with the Duchess of Sussex in the spirit of this letter.” 

 

“It is undeniable that the Duchess of Sussex has been subjected to sustained press abuse over the last 12 months. She has a right to basic standards of privacy and for reporting about her to reflect the truth; rights which elements of the press have callously disregarded in pursuit of sensational headlines.

 

“The Duke and Duchess have been able to afford legal action, but for every well-resourced person affected by press intrusions there are dozens who do not have the funds to seek justice through the courts. For them, there is no remedy for newspaper abuse – even if it is illegal.

 

“Until this Government, or the next, introduces the Leveson system of independent press regulation complete with a compulsory system of arbitration to resolve cases of alleged illegality on a low-cost basis, they will continue to fail all of the victims of press abuse and deprive the public of access to justice.” 

 

ENDS

 

For press enquiries contact: sara@hackinginquiry.org  07554 665 940

 

NOTES

 

Hacked Off is the campaign for a free and accountable press, and we work with the victims of press abuse to achieve those aims.

 

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M.Amponsahreply
October 29, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Thank you for adding your voice to this call

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