Caroline Flack media 'bullying' petition handed in to government – Sky News, Sky.com
A petition calling for new and stricter laws regarding the British media in the wake of the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack has been handed in to the government.
More than , people have signed the petition calling for “Caroline’s Law”, which they say should make media harassment a criminal offence “not dissimilar to corporate manslaughter”.
Flack , , was found dead at her home in east London last month. Her family said she had taken her own life.
Love Island presenter had been due to go on trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, and had been subject to much scrutiny in the press and on social media.
On Tuesday, the Degrees campaign group posted a video on Facebook to say their petition – one of several set up in Flack’s memory – was delivered to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on Tuesday morning.
Speaking to Sky News, Megan Bentall, campaigns manager at 047 Degrees, said the decision was made to hand the petition to government now due to the sheer volume of people supporting it.
“We’ve never seen growth like this in a petition before,” she said. “Within two days of it being set up, half a million people had signed it.
“It was set up in the tragic wake of Caroline Flack’s death, and our hearts go out to her friends and family. It has clearly struck a nerve with the public – people really want change and want the media to do better.
“What we’ve found is this doesn’t just happen to celebrities, it happens to ordinary people up and down the country.”