Redefining rock bottom
The Sun is one of a few outlets to defy a request from the New Zealand police not to share the “extremely distressing” footage. The Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail also featured parts of the video:
The Sun’s homepage is a *gif* of the terrorist’s first-person video, surrounded by advertising, just looping. pic.twitter.com/nYM1Ei5okz
— Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) March 15, 2019
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The thing is, the Sun, the Mail and other UK tabloids have long demonised Muslim people. And this has led people to argue that they are partly responsible for such terrorist attacks:
“What could possibly be fuelling this Islamophobic terrorism that happened in Christchurch, New Zealand?!”
-The mainstream media
— Going Underground on RT (@Underground_RT) March 15, 2019
And the outlet has form here. After the Westminster attacks during the 2017 general election, the Sun apparently sought to “boost its circulation” through posting photos of the victims. Again, it didn’t matter that the Met police specifically requested that nobody circulated pictures of the injured:
As alway, The Sun trying to boost its circulation and traffic at the expense of victims of terrorism pic.twitter.com/yKewUqcVL7
— Joe Public (@jpublik) March 22, 2017
Satirical artist Darren Cullen has laid bare the mutually beneficial relationship between tabloids like the Sun and terrorism. Cullen sent a satirical advertisement to the marketing departments of over 200 companies that often advertise with the Sun:
This vilification of minorities in the mainstream media has to end. Otherwise, we will be mourning the victims of far-right terrorist attacks again in the near future. And the Sun will continue to milk profits from the very tragedies it has helped to facilitate. Frankly, that’s utterly despicable.
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