Mirror apologises for using footage broadcast by Christchurch murderer – then puts a large image of murderer as child on next day’s front page
The notionally-left Daily Mirror caused outrage on Friday when it played footage of the Christchurch massacre broadcast by the killers on its website. The paper realised its error and deleted the footage – and its editor-in-chief publicly apologised:
Embley did not respond to a question from Labour activist @ToryFibs asking whether his publication would donate to charity the advertising revenue generated by views of the video.
But many are questioning the depth of the paper’s contrition after a preview of its Saturday front page was published – showing a large picture of the killer as a young boy, described as ‘angelic’, but showing nothing about the victims of the terrorist, Islamophobic atrocity:
The reaction was immediate:
The paper’s former editor called the decisions “appalling insensitivity”:
Many are even swearing never to purchase ‘that rag’ again. A campaign has begun on social media to raise awareness of the identities and stories of the individual victims.
‘Appalling’ is right. In the context of the continual demonisation of Muslims by the right-wing media and endemic Islamophobic racism among the Tories, it’s unconscionable for a supposedly left-wing newspaper to ape the worst of the right-wing press by monetising and minimising the deaths of so many innocent Muslim worshippers to focus on the killer’s ‘angelic’ childhood.
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