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Utøya survivors lodge official reconstruction photos complaint. VG’s pictures of Anders Breivik revisiting the island where he killed 69 teenagers have appalled people who witnessed the shootings. The reconstruction photos, which angered victims’ relatives, show the mass murderer posing in the same way he shot political youth members almost two weeks ago. Survivors have made a formal protest to the Press Complaint Commission (PFU), reports Aftenposten. Siblings Karoline and Magnus Håkonsen, who survived by swimming away from the island, and Fredrik Sletbakk who was on Utøya at the time of the shootings, write, “Waking up to pictures of the perpetrator back on Utøya is so terribly provocative, that it can hardly be described.”

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Utøya survivors lodge official reconstruction photos complaint

Published on Thursday, 25th August, 2011 at 14:33 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 25th August 2011 at 16:53.

VG’s pictures of Anders Breivik revisiting the island where he killed 69 teenagers have appalled people who witnessed the shootings.

Utøya in the sunset
Utøya in the sunset
Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK/Flickr


The reconstruction photos, which angered victims’ relatives, show the mass murderer posing in the same way he shot political youth members almost two weeks ago. Survivors have made a formal protest to the Press Complaint Commission (PFU), reports Aftenposten.

Siblings Karoline and Magnus Håkonsen, who survived by swimming away from the island, and Fredrik Sletbakk who was on Utøya at the time of the shootings, write, “Waking up to pictures of the perpetrator back on Utøya is so terribly provocative, that it can hardly be described.”

“It’s like mental rape to see images and video of the person reloading as well. None of us deserve to wake up [in the morning] to such imagery after the hell we've been through,” they continue, claiming VG broke 14 paragraphs of the Norwegian Press’ Code of Ethics by publishing the photos.

All three felt VG should have asked for their permission to publish the photos but they were not contacted, and only discovered the newspaper’s intentions the night before on Twitter.

“VG journalists and photographers are proud, boasting and wondering why the other media channels do not cover the case in the way that they do. Maybe it's because they know what ethics are. The fact that these people, on behalf of VG, boast about such a thing as this must be seen as serious,” the three add in the complaint.

The newspaper’s Editor in Chief, Torry Pedersen, refers to his previous comments about the issue when contacted by Aftenposten.

“We used a subdued picture on the front of next day’s printed edition, a picture where you must focus to see the killer. We did this because everyone who sees this on the front page could decide if they wanted to buy the paper or leave it.”

Per Edgar Kokkvold, General Secretary of the Press Association, says, “I am not surprised that this has now become a complaint. There is no doubt that the killer being on the island for the purpose of reconstruction is in the public interest, but I also know that the images where Anders Behring Breivik in shooting position arouse reactions, both in public and not least among those who were there and have strong experiences,” he said.

PFU has received 20 complaints in total about the events of 22 July, which also include Dagbladet, Dagsavisen, TV2, and local papers. No formal complaints have been lodged against NRK, but Broadcasting Council watchdog representatives say they have some unanswered questions.



Published on Thursday, 25th August, 2011 at 14:33 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 25th August 2011 at 16:53.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, utoeyareconstruction, utoeyashootings.





  
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