Wed | Nov 14, 2018

Jenny Jenny interview crossed the line

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:04 AM


In what I consider a very opportunistic and dangerous move, Jenny Jenny used her platform in national free-to-air radio to interview the now 13-year-old victim involved in the cruelty to child case now before the courts concerning Doreen Dyer. This interview raises a number of issues, some possibly legal, including:

1. Did Jenny Jenny or her employers secure consent? And if so, from whom, given the fact that the responsible parent is in police custody?

2. Since the matter is before the courts or was at least the subject of an investigation by the relevant authorities, was the minor afforded the proper protections?

3. A number of the questions asked by Jenny Jenny seemed to have been designed to depict the victim and her parent/family in a less-than-complimentary light.

4. What was the motive for the interview?

5. Did Jenny Jenny abuse her role as a reporter in this matter?

In my view, this matter is another example of a recent trend of irresponsible journalism, where media are so focused on ratings and the need to get a scoop that they are willing to trample on the rights of the defenceless, including minors. Jenny Jenny and her employers should apologise to the family and also the public.