The most depressing images that come to mind from the short, tragic life of Amy Winehouse are of her being hounded at every turn by hack photographers, who knew they could always place an angry Amy image with tabloid newspapers. This one’s from the Daily Mirror, and it is by no means the worst.
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And it was not just tabloids. This is the Daily Telegraph (c) all rights reserved:
The photographers knew that Amy had serious addiction problems. So did the journalists and editors who commissioned and bought their stake-out pictures. Their hounding of a fragile personality cannot have helped her known condition.
As official inquiries gather momentum, I would like Lord Justice Leveson to raise two pertinent questions:
1 Was Amy Winehouse the subject of phone hacking by any newspaper?
2 Was the press justified in door-stepping an artist whose mental state was known to be fragile?
It’s too late to save Amy, but others equally vulnerable have a right to be protected.