by Roslyn PhillipsNews Weekly
Letter: Doing what's right - Mary Whitehouse CBE
, December 15, 2001
Mrs Mary Whitehouse CBE - described by Malcolm Muggeridge as "one of the world’s remarkable women" - has died in Britain, aged 91.
Mary was an unknown mother and teacher until the age of 54, when she took her "Clean up TV!" campaign to the Birmingham Town Hall. "If violence is shown as normal on the television screen," she said, "it will help to create a violent society".
Mary’s concern for accountability in the media struck a chord. The National Viewers and Listeners Association she founded continues to this day, under the name Mediawatch-UK.
Mary was among those who helped launch the Festival of Light in Britain in 1971, and in 1973 and 1978 she visited Australia to share the vision. With insight and humour, she addressed capacity crowds in Australian State capitals on such topics as "Licence or Liberty?".
Mary became the butt of bitter ridicule from powerful media interests, but never lost her sense of humour. She won some battles, lost many, but did not give up. She said she sometimes despaired, but at her lowest moments God gave her the strength and courage to continue.
As she said in one of her books: "The most important thing is for ordinary people to affirm what they know to be right, and to live by it."Roslyn Phillips,