International Law - Dianne Brimble

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Dianne Brimble Case

The media is one that in any major event plays a vital role in getting a reaction to the case from the public. In the Diane Brimble case the media played a major role throughout the whole trial as well as before and after which had a massive impact on the public’s view towards the case and what information they knew about it.

The role that the media played in the case before the case was to start was as soon as the case broke was to tell the public of what the unfolding situation was. To let them know of the details that had been released by the police and P&O (the company which was involved in the case). The media were asking around for interviews of people that were on the cruise ship at the time that the event occurred and interviewing a range of people varying from those who were directly linked to the case such as victims family and P&O to people who had gone through a similar experience to what happened in the case but not at the same extremes. The security staff on board the P&O cruise ship were originally told that Dianne Brimble died of a heart attack although the media played a main role in questioning the authenticity of that claim as more information was released to them about the state that Dianne was left in when she died and where she was left. The main role that the media played in the time after the event had happened but before the court case had started was that they were giving the information to the public in fact and the details of what had happened.

During the court case just after the event had happened, the media played a massive role by letting the public know what was happening at the current time and of any scandals that have emerged at the time. They let them know how the case was evolving and if any new information was brought to the table. Not only were they doing this but many media reporters were taking their own opinion on certain aspects of the case and therefore changing the public’s view on the case and their opinion of what they though may have actually happened. While doing all of this media were criticising the party boat behaviour and questioning what we can do to stop this party and cruise ship culture so that nothing like this will happen again. The main role that was played by the media during the trial was taking place was that of questioning the situation for example the article by Lisa Davies 'Sometimes the evidence people want isn't there' suggesting that there is more to the case in which people are missing. There other main roles were trying to think of ways that this could have been prevented if certain rules were in place among the ship while they were trying to give the public an opinion on the case as the information updated.

After the court case had finished and a final decision was made the media was one that made the verdict known to the public and let the public have an opinion on the issue by having talk shows and people ringing or writing in with their opinions on how the trial ended up. Also after the trial the Brimble family were interviewed on Australian Story on the ABC television channel which showed how they were coping with the verdict of the case and how they coped with such a tragedy. The media played a role in giving suggestions to rules that could be implied on cruise ships and strategies that could be introduced for example here is a quote from an article from the Sydney Morning Herald in 2010 "EVERY passenger and crew member should be scanned for drug possession before boarding a cruise ship and federal police should travel on board to investigate any crime, the coroner conducting the inquest into Dianne Brimble's death has recommended." Over all apart from those who formed a negative and wrong view towards the case the media overall had a good contribution and kept the public informed of what was happening and gave the public a voice so that they could discuss the issue so that a tragedy like this...
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