AFL boss: media organisations “disgraceful” in exploiting 13 year old girl
Andrew Demetriou slams media for relentlessly pursuing a 13-year-old girl and exposing her identity.
AFL boss Andrew Demetriou said hit out at media organisations for pursuing the family of the 13 year old girl at the centre of racial comments directed at Adam Goodes during Friday’s Indigenous round.
Demetriou said he was proud of how the league, club and Goodes had handled the situation but claimed some media outlets had exploited the girl.
“To pursue relentlessly a 13-year-old girl, a minor, to go after her, to seek her comments, speak to her family, expose her, has been really disappointing,” he said.
“Sometimes you can cross the line … in this case there’s been very little regard for her age.”
TEN confirmed to TV Tonight that the mother had not requested the girl’s identity be concealed during an interview. Pooled footage also aired on Nine News without pixellation.
But Seven News says the mother requested her identity not be revealed, and ran pixellated footage, along with the ABC.
The Herald Sun also ran a photo without pixellation. She has also been named by some media.
“Some of the behaviour’s been disgraceful and you do have to draw a line when you’re talking about minors,” said Demetriou.
Yesterday TV Tonight questioned whether media should do more to protect children when interviewing parents who may not be media-savvy.
Meanwhile the AFL boss also took aim at Tom Waterhouse and the Nine Network for their promotion of live betting odds during broadcasts.
“We’re all paying the price of an outrageous advertising campaign by one individual whose got in people’s faces and they are absolutely entitled to be outraged by that,” he said.
“I think one network didn’t cover themselves in glory either in the way they’ve promoted live gambling.
“We support the changes. We’ll act responsibly and I think they go far enough.”
Source: AAP, SBS