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Post  kitti on Thu 20 Feb - 1:56

Welsh newsagent pulls The Sun from sale for sensationalising tragedy
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Copies of The Sun newspaper were removed from sale today at a south Wales newsagent's shop because its front page is said to have outraged the local community.

According to the Llanelli Star, CKs in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire decided not to sell The Sun as "a show of solidarity for the grief-stricken family of tiny Eliza-Mae Martha Mullane."

She was the six-day-old baby who was reported to have died after being attacked by the family's dog, an Alaskan Malamute.

The Sun front page (which I am not reproducing here) was headlined "Dog ate my baby's head". The Llanelli paper says The Sun's presentation of the story "caused outrage in the community and on social networking sites" where the paper was accused of "sensationalising the tragedy."

It also quotes Llanelli's Labour MP, Nia Griffith, as saying: "I am appalled that The Sun has chosen to sensationalise this terrible tragedy.

"I am sure that many people in Llanelli will boycott The Sun newspaper for its disgraceful coverage of this dreadful tragedy.

"I would beg all the media to treat the matter sensitively and to respect the family's privacy at this harrowing time."

And Rebecca Evans, the Welsh Assembly member for Mid and West Wales, is reported to have called on The Sun's editor, David Dinsmore, to apologise to Eliza-Mae's family and the community of Pontyberem for their "disgraceful" front page.

Mrs Evans said: "I am shocked and disgusted by the callous front cover of today's Sun newspaper." It "has hit new depths in sensationalist reporting, paying no regard whatsoever to a family who have suffered a horrific loss and a community which has been left reeling.

"The front page story is sickening, showing nothing but complete moral bankruptcy. The family has suffered unimaginably and deserve to be treated with sensitivity.

"I am pleased that newsagents locally have refused to stock the Sun today as a mark of solidarity and respect to the family."

A Sun spokesperson said: "We recognise that at the heart of this story is the tragic death of a very young child. Our coverage today (over three pages) seeks to convey the full extent of the attack, including by quoting the horrified reaction of Eliza-Mae's mother (which has been widely reported elsewhere).

"People will rightly be saddened by the death of Eliza-Mae, and we wanted to convey a sense of the shock and horror of what had happened. We had no intention of being disrespectful, and regret that people have been concerned by our headline."

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Post  Panda on Thu 20 Feb - 9:37

What a crass report by the Sun kitti , this was a 6 day old baby for goodness sake.!!!

The latest news is that Police are trying to understand what exactly happened, the Dog has not been put down and was not considered a dangerous animal although of course the advent of a baby might have some relevance. The Parents have issued a statement thanking everyone for their support and sympathy.

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Post  Guest on Thu 20 Feb - 10:33

The Sun was boycotted in large parts of Scotland also, after their "columnist", the odious Katie Hopkins, tweeted cruel "jokes" about Scottish life expectancy on the morning of the Clutha helicopter crash that left 10 people dead.

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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Thu 20 Feb - 10:34

It is true though that these words have been used in other reports. On the main topic here about this tragedy, there is a link to an online version of the Daily Mirror which says the same thing and apparently the paper version of the Daily Mail did too.

For once I don't feel that it's fair to criticise only The Sun.

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Post  kitti on Thu 20 Feb - 11:02

It's a 'daily sport' heading......a baby has died here and whatever paper has written this.....'dog ate my baby's head'....the sun cant get away with writing about a tiny babys end off life like this.



Remember a certain tragedy at a football ground ?



The sun is permanently banned from newsagents there and to this day, still is.



Can you Imagine...'mccanns kill maddie'......no you can't because we wouldn't see it front page off the sun, and why, because there too scared and arse lickers to do this ...so they shouldn't be allowed to write that piece off shit about a baby that suffered a horrible, painful death.

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