Apr 28, 2017

The problem with the Tele’s controversial front-page splash about Sydney drug users

One of the effects of reporting like this is that drug users are less likely to seek help, says Dr Marianne Jauncey.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Splashed across today's Daily Telegraph, and with a double-page inside spread, are some confronting pictures of a drug user shooting up in the Sydney CBD.

Under a front-page headline of "A shot in the heart", and inside headlines of "City's heart is a junkie yard", the story uses images of drug users, whose faces have been obscured, either administering or dealing drugs. A series of photographs of a man injecting on the street were published on the front page and inside the paper.

Free Trial

You've hit members-only content.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Join the conversation

The Crikey comment section is members-only content. Please login or sign up for a FREE trial to engage in the commentary.

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details