Shocked by CCTV Images in Community newspaper

PUBLISHED: 11:59 22 August 2011

The purpose of printing this photographs is plain and simple voyeurism and totally unnecessary

I WAS totally shocked to open my local community newspaper, the Ely Standard, and find photographs of such a graphic and violent nature on Page 3 (Thursday, August 18). The two large photographs are from CCTV footage and show a man stamping on the head of another man. The purpose of printing this photographs is plain and simple voyeurism and totally unnecessary. I might expect to find them in a poor quality tabloid newspaper, but not in a local paper such as this directly above a story which pictures 80 children enjoying a church holiday club. How many of those five to 11 year olds will have seen the violent photographs above whilst trying to glimpse themselves in the paper?

The story proudly reports that the CCTV footage was “obtained by the Ely Standard.” This is immoral journalism and its peak.

Whilst I doubt you will print my letter in your Letters’ page, I would very much like you hear how you justified this presentation which would clearly be more at home in The Sun, which is far more likely to be kept out of reach of our children.



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