Extremely insensitive

LETTER

I am very disappointed that The Gisborne Herald saw fit to publish a full front-page article about the coroner’s report on Carla Neems.

For a family already grieving and coming to terms themselves with the outcome of the report, I feel that it was extremely insensitive of The Herald to report it in this way. In addition, the extremely large photo of Carla only sensationalised the topic.

The article could have been a part-page or inside-page article, and the public interest would have been served just as well. I also felt it was inappropriate that the paper seemed to make particular reference to Carla not being walked home by parents, where this was only part of the coroner’s findings.

I am not personally known to the family, but as a Gisborne resident, I feel that the paper made a very bad choice in how to report this, and will have added to the family’s distress.

Kathy Hayes

Footnote from Ed: The Gisborne Herald liaised with the Neems on this article and they knew it would be the front-page lead story.​

I am very disappointed that The Gisborne Herald saw fit to publish a full front-page article about the coroner’s report on Carla Neems.

For a family already grieving and coming to terms themselves with the outcome of the report, I feel that it was extremely insensitive of The Herald to report it in this way. In addition, the extremely large photo of Carla only sensationalised the topic.

The article could have been a part-page or inside-page article, and the public interest would have been served just as well. I also felt it was inappropriate that the paper seemed to make particular reference to Carla not being walked home by parents, where this was only part of the coroner’s findings.

I am not personally known to the family, but as a Gisborne resident, I feel that the paper made a very bad choice in how to report this, and will have added to the family’s distress.

Kathy Hayes

Footnote from Ed: The Gisborne Herald liaised with the Neems on this article and they knew it would be the front-page lead story.​

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