Death of Love Island host sparks demands for tougher UK media rules

Death of Love Island host sparks demands for tougher UK media rules

The 40-year-old Caroline Flack was found dead in her London flat on Saturday (Feb 15) in an apparent suicide.

FILE PHOTO: Television presenter Caroline Flack arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena i
FILE PHOTO: Television presenter Caroline Flack arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File Photo

The suicide of Caroline Flack, one of Britain's most famous TV stars, has prompted nearly 350,000 people to sign a petition demanding tougher laws on the way the tabloid press covers celebrities.

The 40-year-old Flack, the former presenter of the hugely popular reality show Love Island and a winner of Britain's version of Dancing With The Stars, was found dead in her London flat on Saturday (Feb 15) in an apparent suicide.

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She had stepped down from her presenting duties after she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend in December, a charge she denied.

Flack's death has sparked a debate about the way the British tabloid press, known for its aggressive reporting tactics, cover celebrities and the level of venom that can be directed at people on social media.

Flowers and a card are seen outside British television presenter Caroline Flack's old house in
Flowers and a card are seen outside British television presenter Caroline Flack's old house in Islington, London, Britain February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

She had previously spoken about her battle with depression.

The petition, signed by 346,000 people by Monday afternoon, called for a ban on the use of anonymous quotes, the invasion of privacy, publishing private information and releasing an individual's medical or health records.

"This will better prevent self harm, suicide, substance abuse, and poor mental health," the petition said. "Let's stand together and once and for all make a change."

Love Island, one of Britain's most popular television shows, brings together young single men and women who have to pair up in a sunshine-soaked villa to win fame. Their intimate relationships, including in the bedroom, are broadcast on television. The last surviving couple wins the show.

The show will return on Monday evening after two days off air, broadcaster ITV said, and will include a tribute to their former presenter.

(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters/sr

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