‘Shameless’ Sunday Times Newspaper Tarnishes Mauritius destination by publishing shocking Michaela Harte photos
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Five days after the two accused, Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea were acquitted, the Michaela Harte case continues to be in the headlines.
This time, the case is back in the limelight because of a serious lack of professionalism from Sunday Times’ editor which published 12 black and white pictures, including one on its front page of Mrs McAreavey shortly after she was murdered in January 2011. All the newspapers in Ireland and UK have severely condemned the shocking publication of Michaela McAreavey crime scene photos in the local newspaper.
The Sunday Times has cause further damage to the already tarnished Mauritius destination and serious actions should be taken against this weekly newspaper. If no actions are taken, it will cause more harm to our Tourism Industry. Travel Tour Operators in Ireland have already erased Mauritius from its list of destination and Mauritians in Ireland have to face harsh comments from the Irish people.
The editor of Sunday Times apologised today for publishing photographs of Michaela Harte’s body after she was found murdered in her hotel room. But the apology is surely insufficient since the harm has already been done. A spokesperson for the families said today the hurt the editor and the newspaper had caused over the past 48 hours could not “be undone”. The families of Michaela McAreavey have urged on the editor of the Mauritian newspaper, which published photographs of her body, to tell the police how he acquired them.
The director of the newspaper, General Imran Hosany, said was not sensationalism but was “to recall that such a heinous crime remained unpunished”.
The newspaper has apologised today for publishing photographs of honeymooner’s body after she was found murdered in her hotel room.
The paper’s director, General Imran Hosany, said the motive was not sensationalism but was “to recall that such a heinous crime remained unpunished”.
Yesterday, the Police launched an inquiry into how the photos of the victim were leaked and searched the newspaper’s offices.
Last night, there was a strongly worded statement issued from the office of Mauritian Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam condemning the publication of the photographs.
It said the publication was “a clear illustration of one of the most despicable methods of abuse and a breach of the right to freedom of expression.
“It shows an utter lack of respect for, and a reckless infliction of, further hardship on the bereaved families.
“It is a matter of deep regret that some isolated and unscrupulous individuals in the media, for the sake of an irresponsible sense of sensationalism, are doing everything to harm the image of our country and that of its law-abiding citizens.”