‘What value was there?’ Viewers attack BBC for airing video of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: Grandmother shares story of Arthur crying

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Samira Ahmed presented Newswatch on Saturday Morning on BBC Breakfast and revealed viewers of BBC News have slammed Phil Mackie’s report, as some of the distressing audio clips which jurors heard in court were played. Those watching the report felt it was insensitive and were confused as to what the value was in showing the recordings, pre-watershed.

Introducing the story, Samira said: “It was announced on Tuesday that an investigation will open next week into the death of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

“It’s a highly distressing case and we are being careful about what we show you and what we say on today’s programme.”

A clip of Phil Mackie’s report last Thursday was then played, the day Arthur’s step-mother Emma Tustin and Father Thomas Hughes were convicted of killing Arthur.

Samira continued: “Some of those audio recordings and videos were shown in that report, a decision that prompted several viewers to contact us and protest.”

Viewer Helen Walker said: “The horrific and tragic death of Arthur was an important news story and was rightly included in the news at six.

“However, it was truly shocking to see the film of the little boy in a terrible state of suffering as recorded by his murder, followed by playing the audio of his cries used as part of the broadcast.

“The reporter could have described what the jury witnessed and listened too to explain the full depravity of the people found guilty.”

More to follow… 

Source: Read Full Article