• According to his lawyer, the boy was humiliated, outraged sand experienced anxiety as a result of the newspaper's coverage. (ABC)
The boy’s lawyer said the Centralian Advocate implied he was a criminal and a delinquent.
By
NITV Staff Writer

Source:
NITV News
10 Oct 2018 - 1:30 PM  UPDATED 10 Oct 2018 - 1:48 PM

An Alice Springs newspaper has settled out of court with the family of an 11-year-old Aboriginal boy whose picture was used to illustrate a front-page story about youth crime.

The boy was with his family at Anzac Oval and was photographed standing behind a chain-link fence.

The Centralian Advocate, the sister paper to News Corp’s NT News, published the unpixelated photo in 2017 with a caption naming the boy and the headline 'Youth crisis: Town split over kids'.

The issue featured a four-page special about juvenile delinquency, crime, police and social services.

The family’s lawyer, Peter O’Brien, who previously represented Dylan Voller at the youth detention royal commission, said that the boy was doing nothing wrong.

A statement of claim filed to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory said the newspaper implied the boy was “a criminal, a delinquent, that he is imprisoned or detained, and that he is contributing to a crisis situation”.

The matter was settled privately. Both Mr O’Brien and News Corp have not made further comment.

Naomi Williams inquest: What role did race play at the hospital?
Naomi Williams died just hours after she was sent home from the emergency department.
‘It's not a billboard’: Aboriginal land council joins Opera House stoush
The public backlash intensifies over plans to advertise a horse race on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
Koori violinist performs at parliament house's 30th
Eric Avery is doing his best to bring Indigenous music and musicians front and centre.