Friday, May 14, 2004

Our glorious press.

It's times like these that it becomes more clear that the editors of many British newspapers rarely classify as human. In a week which saw some newspapers talking of disgust at criticism of British forces treatment of Iraqis, we now have to deal with the somewhat sickening truth that the News of the World and Sun newspapers want to destroy a womans life just to improve sales of their rags.

Maxine Carr, is a very stupid, very naive and very vulnerable woman. Her decision to lie to police and protect her boyfriend was a disgrace. Nevertheless, she had paid her price. She has served her time in prison and is now set for release. Documents containing details fo her new identity were stolen from a car recently and a court injunction was put in place to prevent publication of them.

Now the Sun and News of the World are challenging the injunction. They want, in true gutter-press fashion, to plaster her face and her new life all across their front page. All of it with little regard for her safety or (as they will claim) the memory of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Their only interest is in money.

Whatever peoples opinions of Maxine Carr and the crimes she committed, few could argue that she is not in danger. There are people out there who would hurt her if they could. Yet she has served her time. She has done her punishement and will spend the rest of her life contemplating what has happened.

Just like the killers of Jamie Bulger, I have no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made to release them and to give them new identities. Their crimes were committed at such a young age, we have to believe that rehabilitation is possible. If not, then what is the point in them continuing to exist?

Maxine Carr made a stupid mistake and broke the law in doing so. She protected a murderer she thought she loved. She didn't murder those girls. She has served her time. Now she should be allowed to live a new life.

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