ABC reporting on misleading article ‘raises serious questions’

Published on June 16, 2020 by

Sky News host Chris Kenny says the ABC needs to do more to ensure it is not misleading its audience, after the broadcaster published a story about the death of a young Indigenous girl that erroneously pointed “a horrendous finger of blame at the police”.

Last Friday the ABC reported a baby girl in the remote Northern Territory town of Katherine died while her mother was in police custody.

The article was later updated to say the baby was in fact left with her father and grandfather who had been drinking.

The article notes it has been updated, but does not elaborate on what exactly was added.

“ABC editorial policies require journalists to make reasonable efforts to ensure that material facts are accurate and presented in context,” Mr Kenny said.

“And not to present factual content in a way that will materially mislead the audience.

“Surely the omission here was misleading and it came at a volatile time when it comes to police dealings with Indigenous Australians.”

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