The Australian arm of one the world’s most visited websites, The Daily Mail found itself in water today, when it published a new story regarding incidents involving Apex Gang from Melbourne.
Controversy arose when in an attempt source an image that the journalists or editor thought would fit the story, they chose to use a popular image of UK Rap group Section Boyz. The original picture clearly shows members of groups faces, that The Dail Mail blur out, giving an obvious indication that they were fully aware of the fact that they were using an image of people not connected to the story.
It was only going to be matter of time before someone caught wind and brought it to the attention of the Croydon rappers, who were furious when they found out, and expressed their anger via a tweet to The Daily Mail Australia from their official Twitter account saying the following:
@DailyMailAU we are not happy with the way you have used our popular picture to slander another group that has nothing to do with us. FIX UP
— SECTiON BOYZ (@SectionBoyz_) January 31, 2017
It appears that The Daily Mail have acknowledged their error, and since writing this article they have now removed Section Boyz‘s image from the story and replaced with images of people alleged to be connected with the Apex Gang.
This latest screw up does bring into question editorial standards at one of the worlds biggest publishers. While generic images are often used in articles, it can often be assumed by readers that image used is of the people connected to the story, so using image of a group of people who are not related in any way to the article may deemed deceptive and irresponsible.
Some have called out what they see as ‘racist agenda’ they feel is behind the approach to editorial from the The Daily Mail ,who they feel are grabbing any image on what they deem to be Black youth representative of a gang.
It has also come to light that this the second time that The Daily Mail have used this image in a story not connected to Section Boyz. What is surprising is how such an image would be given the all clear to be published in the article in the first place, as it clearly shows a group of men on London double-decker bus, which is out of context for a story on Australian gang story.
It’s not all bad news for the South London trap rappers, they were invited on stage by Drake to perform their street smash, ‘Lock Arff’ on the opening night on the UK leg of his ‘Boy Meets World’ European tour.
— Fran Howell..💋 (@fran_howell) January 31, 2017
31st January 2017
w/c 30th January 2017