Both Stuff and the New Zealand Herald chose to illustrate an article about the rape of a ten-year-old New Zealand schoolboy with a stock image of a young boy on a bed with his head in his hands. One of our readers sent me an e-mail about it. They said that even though it is a stock image they couldn’t understand why a journalist would use someone’s real child in an article about a child raping another child. They said that they felt absolutely sick before they even read the article.
Apart from the content of this article being awful – WTF with using a stock photo of a 5 or 6 year old to highlight a rape?
What is wrong with reporters???????????????????
This is the stock photo that the New Zealand Herald used.