A complaint against the Herald Sun that exposed the criminal record of a man labelled “a hero” by an ABC executive has been dismissed by the Australian Press Council.
The subject of the article had asked a question on the ABC program Q&A panel regarding why the government was favouring corporate tax cuts while low-income earners, like himself, were struggling.
His story garnered extensive media coverage and the man received around $60,000 in public donations following a tweet from an ABC producer that labelled him a “new national hero”.
The Herald Sun challenged this perception by reporting the man’s extensive criminal history and turbulent family relationships on May 13, 2016.
The complaint, arguing that this was an invasion of privacy, was not made by the man in question.
The council found that the Herald Sun reported factual material in a fair and balanced manner. Privacy claims were found to be unsubstantiated due to the intense public interest in the case and subsequent fundraising.
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