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BBC News defends use of grieving clips of murdered young Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was killed by his stepmother (Image: PA)

BBC News has defended its decision to use the ‘harassment’ of the murdered 6-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

Arthur was killed by his father Thomas Hughes and stepmother Emma Tustin in June 2020 after suffering ‘horrific’ and ‘appalling’ brutality.

Tustin was jailed for life earlier this month with a minimum term of 29 years for assaulting defenseless Arthur in the hallway of her Cranmore Road home in Solihull, on June 16, 2020.

The boy, with 130 bruises on his body, died in hospital the next day.

BBC News confirmed it had received complaints from people who found tapes and audio recordings used to cover Arthur’s death and felt it was unnecessary to include them.

In one heartbreaking clip, Arthur is seen crying ‘nobody loves me’ and trying to carry a blanket hours before his death.

Footage and audio of Arthur’s grief aired on BBC News (Image: PA)

‘@BBC’s absolutely horrible coverage of Arthur’s abuse and death on the 6o’clock news,” one person insisted. “Why, when you covered an earlier broadcast about a picture still image of Arthur on the day he passed away, you feel the need to show a video of it and then broadcast a clip of him crying and obviously heartbroken?”

Another hit: ‘Turn on the BBC news to listen to nasty tapes of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. Reporting on Arthur’s gruesome and tragic death is one thing, but hearing the poor child’s desperate cries on TV doesn’t sound right. ‘

Responding to complaints, a BBC spokesman said: ‘The murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, and the torment he suffered before his death, are crimes of horror imaginable and we completely Totally appreciate that more details regarding this case. will upset our audience.

Emma Tustin was jailed for life earlier this month with a minimum term of 29 years (Image: PA)
Arthur’s father, Thomas Hughes, was jailed for 21 years (Image: PA)

‘We’ve carefully reviewed the information included in our coverage and put forward warnings in advance of our reports about the sad information they contain. We realized that this story would resonate particularly with some of our audience, which is why we signed up for the BBC Action Line website on certain programmes.

‘The audio and video files included in our coverage were played during the trial as evidence; We understand that these are confusing, but we believe they are necessary to fully and accurately reflect the circumstances involved. ‘

The BBC said that the content was used immediately after the ruling and would only be reused in the future in exceptional circumstances.

The spokesperson continued: “The tragic nature of this case meant that there were hundreds of other audio and video recordings played in court, which is far more disturbing than anything used in the press. our report”.

‘As we have reflected, the details heard during the trial had a profound effect on those present, including our experienced reporters.

‘We were mindful throughout the coverage of this story to report it sensitively. We have sought to provide detailed analysis of the broader implications of the issues raised by this case, and to reflect on Arthur’s life, as well as the devastating details involved in the his death. ‘

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