Blick and 20 Minuten have violated privacy in homicide case

The Press Council has reprimanded the online platforms of Blick and 20 Minuten for violation of privacy and identifying reporting. The background is the reporting on a homicide: In Buchs SG, a man had allegedly killed his partner.

The two online media had published pictures of the place where the crime had been committed. The pictures showed the building on the first floor of which the couple's apartment was located. The Press Council approved a complaint, as it announced on Thursday.

Both media also made public that the man worked in the pizzeria below and named the street. This meant that the man's place of residence and work could be quickly identified by third parties. Therefore, in this case, it was identifying reporting.

According to the Press Council, the couple's privacy was also violated by the reporting. TheViewhad published a picture taken through the glazed entrance door of the place of crime. On the pictured corridor private objects were to be seen.

Balcony is privacy

20 minuteshad published a photo of the balcony, which was not visible from the street. In both cases, the Press Council concluded that both the entrance area and the balcony belonged to the private sphere of the persons concerned. In both cases, consent would therefore have been required.

The argument of20 minutesThe press council considers the claim that in certain contexts it is permissible to show the home of suspects of a femicide to be a "purely protective assertion". The reporting neither mentions the term femicide nor explains the phenomenon or goes into it in depth.(SDA)

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