Italy's never ending horror: national daily publishes pictures of Sarah Scazzi's corpse

The murder of Sarah Scazzi was covered by the Italian press obsessively since the opening of the case. 

With the national and local press increasingly taking over the task of the police authorities, no one knows yet who was responsible for the murder and three people are currently being investigated after spending several months in jail awaiting trial. 

The Italian media circus did not stop here and today the national daily CORRIERE DELLA SERA published a photo gallery of the location where the victim's corpse was found, including footage of the corpse itself.

A further example of how the Italian press clearly oversees ethical codes in pursuit of easy revenue and scandal building. 

What do these images add to the public interest? Are they just fueling an unhealthy voyeurism?

But above all, how would you react if the corpse in the well was that of your daughter and the whole nation could see it?

Privacy and human compassion are qualities journalists should take into consideration when handling cases like this: the Italian press has long ago chosen to go the opposite direction.

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Comment by claudia costa on January 4, 2012 at 20:32

Yes Martine, the Knox case is just as bad but luckily they got released as the whole trial was flawed from the start. I think the case of the mother being told of the murder of her child on live tv was exactly this one of Sarah Scazzi, so you see, this woman is really being reserved the worst treatment she can get from the press in Italy. And how many other cases, less known, like these are there in the world I wonder? 

Comment by Martine Rouweler on January 4, 2012 at 15:10

A very interesting post Claudia. I remember something about a live television show where a woman was confronted with the identity of the killer of a child (unsure on whether it was her child), while the suspect was sitting next to her. I was astounded that something of the sort could happen, and this seems to fall in the same category. 

The problem seems to be that when privacy and human compassion are thrown out the door, everything is so hyped up people start forming opinions that might not be correct, which in turn might influence the justice system. The murder of Meredith Kercher comes to mind. In that case almost all the publicity went towards the conviction of Amanda Knox, and to a lesser extend Raffaele Sollecito, almost ignoring the fact that it should originally have been about the murder itself, and the finding of her attacker. I say originally because I believe that the appeal of the two convicted deserved attention too. 

I guess my reaction to reading your post is that I completely agree, what is the use of showing these pictures? Sensationalism might sell, but have some decency. 

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