Tuesday, November 22, 2011

BBC justifies shocking Gaddafi images

21 October 2011: Following the annihilation of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, global media provided the medium for the images of the dictator's death to be seen all around the world. These images were the primary subject for the majority of press publications whether it was tabloid or broadsheet, online or televised, the images could not be avoided. Unsurprisingly, the pictures caused upset to some audiences, recently leading the BBC to defend their actions of exhibiting Gaddafi's murder.

On the 19th of November, Mary Hockaday of the BBC multimedia newsroom blogged that although the images were shocking and gruesome, BBC's decision to broadcast the images was editorially justified and "as a news organisation our role is to report what happened, and that can include shocking and disturbing things".

The BBC showed the images follwing a clear warning to viewers regarding their nature on both the 6PM and 10PM news bulletin but omitted the pictures from it's website later on.

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