Friday, 25 February 2011

Unpublished Letter to The Times about photo of family of Donna Manning (NZ journalist killed in earthquake) and "disaster voyuerism"


It was a gross invasion of privacy for The Times, like most of the media, to publish a photo showing the anguish of the family of journalist Donna Manning moments after they heard she had perished in the Christchurch earthquake. Not only have they lost their mother in appalling circumstances but they must now cope with the fact that millions of strangers have witnessed the worst moment in their lives. Such a photo does not add to our understanding of this disaster, rather it feeds the 'disaster voyeurism' of our modern age to no great moral or practical purpose and in so doing demeans us all.

Yours faithfully,

John Slinger

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