CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

HOME AFFAIRS – MEDIA RESTRAINT NEEDED IN COVERAGE OF TERROR SUSPECTS – 2 March 2015

Dr Julian Lewis: Does the Home Secretary agree that it is quite right that when the identity of some brainwashed, narcissistic psychopathic killer is exposed there should be wide media coverage of it? But does she also agree that a degree of self-restraint at some point should be necessary if we are not to build up these bogey men in precisely the way that they intend us to do?

[The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mrs Theresa May): I accept my hon. Friend’s point. Indeed, as others have said, including [the Metropolitan Police's National Counter Terrorism Co-ordinator] Helen Ball in her interview yesterday, there are other reasons why restraint should be applied, and they include when there are ongoing investigations and when there may be a risk to life involved.]