Ofcom rules in favour of Piers Morgan for ‘freedom of expression’ over Meghan Markle comments

Ofcom rules in favour of Piers Morgan for ‘freedom of expression’ over Meghan Markle comments

Good Morning Britain have been cleared by Ofcom as they were not in breach of the broadcasting code.

This comes after Ofcom had received more than 50,000 complaints in March over Piers Morgan’s comments over Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

An Ofcom spokesman said: “This was a finely balanced decision. Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them.

“But we also took full account of freedom of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.

“Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future. ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected.”

Morgan tweeted, “BREAKING: @Ofcom rejects all complaints against me over Meghan Markle furore that led to my exit from @GMB.

“Verdict says I was entitled to disbelieve her & Prince Harry & to restrict my right to do so would be a ‘chilling restriction on freedom of expression.’”

Morgan also wrote, I’m delighted Ofcom has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue.

“This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?”

Morgan wrote in his column on MailOnline, “Make no mistake, this is a watershed moment in the battle for free speech.

“If Ofcom had found against me, that would have signalled the end of every UK TV journalist’s right to express any honestly held opinion on air lest it upset the likes of Meghan Markle.

“The whole point of journalism is surely to question and challenge statements from public figures, particularly when no actual evidence is produced to support them?”

Published at Wed, 01 Sep 2021 12:13:02 +0000

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