The Woolwich murder front pages - did the British papers get it right? Vote in The Drum poll

By Angela Haggerty | Reporter

May 28, 2013 | 2 min read

The coverage of the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich opened fresh debate on the responsibility of the British media to strike a balance between editorial responsibility and the duty to inform the public.

Reactions from some quarters were of shock and horror at the images and headlines chosen by the nation's main titles and concerns of insensitivity towards the murdered soldier's grieving family, with the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) receiving more than 80 complaints about the Guardian's front page.

Professor Roy Greenslade, the Guardian's media commentator, led the defence of the editorial decisions of the British papers in his Guardian Media blog on the grounds that it conveyed more effectively the horror of the incident and the images - thanks to social media - were already well established in the public domain.

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