One News breaches violence standards - BSA

A One News item reported that a group of teenage boys in Australia had filmed their attack on an intellectually disabled teenage girl and were circulating DVD copies of the incident for $5 each. The item included portions of the DVD which showed the boys taunting the girl and setting fire to her hair. The girl was seen crawling on the ground. Her face was pixellated.

Two complainants said the item went far beyond accepted standards relating to children’s interests as it included a number of images that would be disturbing and inappropriate for young people. Furthermore, the length of the item and the number of incidents meant that the violence shown was gratuitous.

The BSA upheld the complaint, and found the item breached the children’s interests and violence standards.

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