Watching the dead, bloody body of a murderer being dragged through the streets of Libya on daytime television was a turning point in media practice. A rare moment the next morning, when the National Press in unison chose to run front page pictures of the deceased and bullet punctured body of Colonel Gadaffi. A question now hangs over whether Levenson's enquiry into media practice will seize the moment to scrutinise what is acceptable viewing for daytime broadcasting, print and on-line media.
The PCC and Ofcom have failed in their remit to protect the innocence of the young. Section 1.1 of Ofcom's code in Protecting the Under-Eighteens states: "Material that might seriously impair the physical, mental or moral development of people under eighteen must not be broadcast".
I personally was upset by the footage of a two-year-old Chinese girl, Wang Yue, repeatedly ran down by vehicles who recently died from her injuries. Has a line been crossed by the media under pressure from commercial interests by showing these images? Have your say here.