An open letter to the PCC and Closer Magazine
Closer Magazine – Repugnant and Irresponsible.
Yesterday, whilst fuelling up the car, I spotted this headline on the front of Closer Magazine.
I often find myself aghast at the filth pedalled by red top magazines in the vague guise of journalism and reportage, but this one I couldn’t just let lie, so here’s what I’ve sent to the PCC and here’s hoping that some action is taken.
I hope this finds you well. Spotted the headlines and pictures detailed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/huxhombre/5876720852/
It’s clearly highly irresponsible to a) portray the woman on the right as someone who is showing a “tum” and implying that she should lose weight, and also to encourage slimming/dieting when pregnant. It’s also sensationalist and clearly a dangerous thing to pedal to young impressionables. I’m reporting this to you if only on the basis that it flouts the following from your Code Of Conduct:
“All members of the press have a duty to maintain the highest professional standards”
The headline and pictures have singularly failed to comply with that opening statement from http://www.pcc.org.uk/cop/practice.html. Furthermore, the code says it extends to include
“THE PUBLIC INTEREST
There may be exceptions to the clauses marked * where they can be demonstrated to be in the public interest.
“1. The public interest includes, but is not confined to:
i) Detecting or exposing crime or serious impropriety.
ii) Protecting public health and safety…”
Clearly, setting a pregnant woman with exceedingly flat stomach against a reputedly not pregnant woman and holding the woman on the left here as a beacon of slimness versus whilst painting the woman on the right as having a “Tum” (whilst she’s clearly a very slim woman) is very much against the interest of public health. I believe it’s clear that this kind of attempted journalism is dangerously promoting an unhealthy, undesirable and unrealistic view of what healthy body shape is and should be.
I look forward to your response.
So, if I’ve got the wrong end of the stick, or if you’re with me on this then please do comment below. You can also reach closer magazine on Twitter here.