Responsible journalism?

I’m trying to keep my temper this week after watching one of the most irresponsible pieces of journalism I’ve ever seen.  A television news package has just told the story of a boy who keeps running away from home because he wants to travel on a train.  His parents – apparently unable to control this behaviour – have said they wish he’d stop doing it, and that on one occasion he actually managed to buy a ticket.

Sounds innocent enough? Far from it.  Because not only did the news item film the boy walking to his local train station; they gave his name, and that of the station.

So now everyone knows what the boy looks like; where he comes from and what station he can be found walking to several times a week.  Oh, and his age – he’s four years old.

Responsible journalism? What do you think?

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