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People's Report: CVM lax on editing graphic image

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2015 | 8:00 AM

During the airing of the 'News Watch' programme at approximately 8:04 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the operators of CVM Television Limited showed a graphic image displaying the deceased Corporal Tyrone Thompson, who apparently committed suicide in his community of Knockpatrick in Manchester, with a gun in his hand, lying lifeless on his bed. The gun was identifiable.

Not only was the image disturbing and not fit for broadcast, particularly in prime time when children are likely to be tuned in, but no parental advisory was issued by the station prior to the commencement of the programme.

The operators of CVM TV must adopt the principle of, and be consistent in, aggressive editing to ensure that graphic images are not displayed to viewers to cause offence.

This transmission was in breach of Regulation 30(g) of the Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations.

SHERNETTE DALEY GRAHAM

sdaleygraham@yahoo.com