Image by birdfarm via FlickrIn yesterdays (7/1/09) papers, the Irish Examiner (P15) and the Irish Daily Star (P5) printed, what is to me, a highly irresponsible photo. It was a photo of a dead Palestinian child buried to its neck in rubble, after an Israeli bomb hit a school.
Why was this photo chosen to printed with the story in each paper. This is not something I want to see. If that was featured in a news report, in the link in the newsreader would have warned watchers of images of a disturbing nature. You cannot do this in the news media.
Some would say the papers were right to print the pictures as it brings home the reality of war, but this is not what I want to be seeing on my tea break and lunch break, when I sit down to read the paper at work.
There is also the issue of Children seeing these images. These are not rated papers and therefore can be bought by anyone. I know also that many households leave the paper lying around and therefore can easily be picked up and seen by children. Is it right that parents may have to explain to children and comfort them after seeing images such as this in the paper.
Papers need to be careful with what they put in their papers.
Am I overacting on this? Or do you agree with me?