The Australian media watchdog has ruled in favour of Chrissie Swan in a dispute with Woman’s Day over paparazzi pictures of her young children.
The photographs, published by the tabloid magazine on March 27 last year, captured the 44-year-old Nova radio presenter and her three children at a McDonald’s franchise in Melbourne.
The article accompanying the images included the names and ages of the children, and featured the headline: “It’s McHappy day! These guys must be doing their chores”.
In a statement on the adjudication, the Australian Press Council said Swan argued that her children are not in public domain, and that the coverage exposed them to ridicule and bullying.
“The photograph showed them in an unflattering light, one with a pacifier and a security blanket and another with a pacifier,” the statement read.
“The photograph had been taken without her knowledge or approval, and the article caused considerable distress to her family, made the children feel unsafe, and exposed them to threats and abuse, especially cyberbullying.”
The Press Council’s latest adjudication concerns a complaint by Chrissie Swan about an article published in Woman’s Day magazine. https://t.co/pnhj9lrXym
— Aus Press Council (@AusPressCouncil) May 20, 2018