The northern editor of the Northern Irish edition of the Sunday World has defended his decision to print a picture of a dead man hanging from a bridge who had apparently taken his own life life. Jim McDowell apologised for any hurt to families who had suffered because of suicide but defended his right to publish the photograph.
McDowell is quoted by BBC News stating: "It was in the public interest. That is what newspapers do. They lift stones and they look underneath the stones and they publish the stories."
He added: "I apologise if relatives of deceased people who took their lives are hurt or distressed by this. I took the decision to run this picture because this poor man had been left hanging in public view for such a long time. It wasn't meant to be voyeurism."
McDowell said the body had been in full public view for three hours and the dead man was not identifiable. The Press Complaints Commission has received 50 complaints about the publication of the picture. The use of the picture was heavily criticised by people on Twitter yesterday.
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