WE SAY: No justification in chasing friend of accused
MEMBERS of the media come in for a fair bit of criticism over their behaviour. Sometimes it's deserved and sometimes it's not.
Yesterday's incident outside Caboolture Court House is a case in point.
A woman, believed to be a friend of alleged killer Stevee Jane Kennedy, was being pursued down the street by reporters and film crews.
She was pushing a child in a stroller at the time.
At one point, video of the incident appears to show her poke a burning cigarette into the face of a TV reporter.
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Was it the right thing to do?
But it was no less right for a crowd of media to pursue a young woman and child down a public street.
It might be different if she was an alleged criminal and the media was asking questions on behalf of the community.
Just had a woman stub her lit cigarette into my face at Caboolture Court...Charming.— Alex Bernhardt (@ABernhardt9) June 7, 2015
But there were no allegations against this woman.
Her only "crime" was to turn up to a friend's court case.
She should be allowed to walk the street in peace - just like everyone else.