New York Daily News’ cover causes out­rage over graphic im­ages of slain jour­nal­ist

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

The New York Daily News is no stranger to provoca­tive im­ages and head­lines, but crit­ics say the pa­per went too far with its Aug. 27 cover de­pict­ing the death of a jour­nal­ist broad­cast live on tele­vi­sion.

The news­pa­per pub­lished three still im­ages from a video up­loaded by sus­pected shooter Vester L. Flana­gan II. The graphic im­ages show re­porter Ali­son Parker of WDBJ-TV sec­onds be­fore she was shot up un­til the mo­ment when it ap­pears the first bullet hits her body.

Parker and a cam­era­man Adam Ward were killed by a dis­grun­tled for­mer news­room em­ployee early Wed­nes­day dur­ing a live in­ter­view with Vicki Gard­ner, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of a lo­cal Cham­ber of Com­merce, in Smith Moun­tain Lake, about 35 miles from Roanoke, Va. He later posted the shoot­ing on Face­book and Twit­ter.

The Daily News was not alone in its de­ci­sion to pub­lish the graphic im­ages. Sev­eral news­pa­pers in the U.K., in­clud­ing The Daily Mir­ror, The Daily Star of Scot­land and The Sun, used the im­ages from the gun­man’s point of view on their Thurs­day cov­ers. Oth­ers out­lets, like the BBC and The Guardian said it would not pub­lish the videos.

The Daily News cover with im­ages blurred.

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