Welcome to another week.
Our question for you today focuses on Panorama’s upcoming documentary about allegations surrounding the Westminster VIP Paedophile ring, which airs tomorrow night.
As this documentary seeks to get to the bottom of allegations made against high profile politicians and celebrities, campaigners for the rights of survivors and victims abused as children have expressed concern about the emphasis placed by the media on false memory memory syndrome – a condition in which a person’s identity and relationships are affected by memories that are factually incorrect but that they strongly believe.
Panorama’s spin on their own documentary is as follows:
“Panorama investigates sensational allegations of historical child abuse and murder by some of the most prominent people in Britain: a paedophile ring at the heart of the Establishment. Why were the allegations described by police as “credible and true” with no hard evidence or corroboration? What role have senior politicians and the media played in promoting this story around the world? And what price will genuine victims of child abuse pay if it turns out not to be true?”
Our question to you then, is just this: are these kinds of documentaries helpful in getting to the truth of the matter, or will genuine survivors and victims of abuse pay a high price for investigative journalism which seeks to focus on only one aspect of a very broad phenomenon?
For an interesting take on Panorama’s decision to make this documentary, My So Called False Memory offers food for thought.