Paedophiles in the community: inter-agency conflict, news leaks and the local press

Cross, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-2301-7318, 2005. Paedophiles in the community: inter-agency conflict, news leaks and the local press. Crime Media Culture, 1 (3), pp. 284-300. ISSN 1741-6590

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Abstract

This article explores the leaking of confidential information about secret Home Office plans to house convicted paedophiles within a local community (albeit inside a prison). It argues that a politics of paedophilia has emerged in which inter-agency consensus on the issue of ‘what to do’ with high-profile sex offenders has broken down. Accordingly, the article situates newspaper ‘outing’ of paedophiles in the community in relation to vigilante journalism and leaked information from official agencies. The article then presents research findings from a case study of news events set in train following a whistle-blowing reaction by Prison Officers’ Association officials to Home Office plans. Drawing from a corpus of 10 interviews with journalists and key protagonists in the story, the article discusses both the dynamics of whistle blowing about paedophiles and also what happens after the whistle has blown.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Post-print
Publication Title: Crime Media Culture
Creators: Cross, S.
Date: 2005
Volume: 1
Number: 3
ISSN: 1741-6590
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/1741659005057642DOI
Rights: Copyright © 2005 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:30
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13088

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