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The Foreigner Utøya victims' families slam reconstruction photos. Photos printed of Anders Behring Breivik’s eight-hour visit to Utøya Island have telling the police everything about 22 July. Sunday’s edition of VG showed exclusive photographs of Breivik giving police a reconstruction of his murder spree. 69 people were killed and his visit to the island has created uproar from the victims’ loved ones, according to their lawyers. These photos were released by other newspapers across the world.

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Utøya victims' families slam reconstruction photos

Published on Tuesday, 16th August, 2011 at 08:58 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 16th August 2011 at 10:17.

Photos printed of Anders Behring Breivik’s eight-hour visit to Utøya Island have telling the police everything about 22 July.



Criticism

Sunday’s edition of VG showed exclusive photographs of Breivik giving police a reconstruction of his murder spree.

69 people were killed and his visit to the island has created uproar from the victims’ loved ones, according to their lawyers. These photos were released by other newspapers across the world.

Mette Yvonne Larsen, whose clients include families who lost their loved ones on Utøya, told news agency NTB that VG’s actions were “unnecessary”.

“Ithink that the pictures are unnecessary and it seems VG could have spared them from the pictures they showed. It’s very tough for those affected to see the killer takecharge,” she said.

“It wasright to bringAnders Behring Breivik to Utøya, but it's very cruel for families tosee pictures of the killer.”

Another lawyer, Siv Hallgren, strongly opposes what VG newspaper did, despite admitting the reconstruction was necessary, as she felt they had a responsibility to think about the families during the tragic times.

“I'vereceived some responsesfrom relatives who reacted strongly to media coverage. They react to this in at the breakfast table,” she said.

Ms Hallgren has also said police did not notify the families that Breivik was going to visit the island, and they only found out through the press.

“Ithink it's a little strange that we are told about this by VG and not by the police as the law states,” Hallgren added.

Political editor of Aftenposten, Harald Stanghelle said to TV2 Norge the images were unique but understands that the families’ reactions.

There is a sense that some people, particularly survivors and bereaved families, will complain to Norway’s Press Complaints Commission (PFU) over the images. Per Edgar Kokkvold of the Norwegian Press Association says he expects this will happen.

“Iwould not like to be the editor publishing the two pictures where we see Breivik in shooting position. This is out of respectto the bereaved and traumatised survivors. Iam not one of those who thinks you should hide BehringBreivik away from the public eye, heis part of our reality. Therefore, we will show him and confront those whomight think the same as he, but at the same time without producing all the images that the media have access to,” he said.

VG’s defence

VG’s Editor in Chief Torry Pedersen defends the paper’s actions, saying that the release of the photos was carefully considered, despite the terrorist attacks being a sensitive subject for journalists to mention.

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

However, he says that VG staff will learn from their lessons, admitting that they should not have emphasised their use of social media.

“We should have treated this as important and significant information withoutemphasising the journalistic scoop element on socialmedia. It isimportant to have a presence there, but this is something that is totallylegitimate to discuss.”



Published on Tuesday, 16th August, 2011 at 08:58 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 16th August 2011 at 10:17.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, utoeyashootingreconstruction, vgphotos.





  
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