August 11, 2011
MP focuses on media's role during Commons riots debate
MP Tessa Munt joined a debate in the House of Commons today (Thursday,
August 11th) regarding this week's riots.
Tessa, pictured, said the media has a responsibility to report
any criminality they witness to the police.
She asked David Cameron whether reporters had alerted incidents
to the police and asked whether photos and film footage had been
handed over to the Police. She also asked whether photos and film
could be used in future court proceedings.
Tessa said members of the media are not "spectators",
but have a duty and responsibility to report any criminality they
witness. The Prime Minister agreed.
Tessa told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "Although Somerset
has not been directly affected by the disturbances, many people
have told me what they think, and it is vital that the views and
concerns of local people are expressed within the national arena."
Having raised questions today, I am writing to the Prime Minister
with a number of other questions to let him know how local residents
Her comments came following the recall of Parliament from summer