It is "wrong to blame the media" for the death of Caroline Flack, the organisation that represents the editors of the UK's top newspapers has said.

The 40-year-old TV presenter was found dead at her home in London on Saturday.

Her death has prompted questions about the pressures faced by celebrities and how they are portrayed in traditional and social media.

But a statement released by the Society of Editors said it was "wrong for politicians to use her tragic death" to attack the media and call for tougher regulation.

"Caroline was an extremely popular personality with much of the public with her appearances on Strictly Come Dancing and Love Island," it said.

"She was given coverage in the media for many years prior to recent events, the vast majority of it very positive.

"We cannot know the reasons why Caroline chose to end her life, however it is wrong to blame the media for her decision without knowing the facts."

The statement pointed to Samaritans guidance on reporting self-inflicted deaths.

The charity discourages speculation of the causes, which can oversimplify the complex reasons behind a person's decision to take their own life.

The statement also said the police investigation and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision to charge Flack for assaulting her boyfriend were matters that were "in the public domain and should be covered".

"To believe that by silencing mainstream media on such matters would prevent speculation on social media where rumour and accusations run unchecked by the regulations the media adheres to, is both naive and dangerous," it continued.

"A blanket ban on any reporting of accusations or police investigation until a person is charged is also dangerous as it can lead to the deterrence of whistleblowers, give succour to the rich and the powerful, and is not in the public interest."


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Flack stepped down from presenting the current winter series of Love Island after the alleged assault.

She had pleaded not guilty to assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton at a flat in north London during a court hearing in December.

The shock news of her death prompted a flood of tributes from celebrities.

However, it also brought questions about the decision to persist with prosecuting Flack for the alleged assault, and about the pressures faced by TV celebrities from the press and social media.

Her management company criticised the UK's Crown Prosecution Service for pressing ahead with what it called a "show trial" even after her boyfriend said he did not support it.

Lawyers have said prosecutors may have pressed ahead with assault charges against Flack due to high public concern around domestic violence.

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