By Daniella White
An emotive story will always be more appealing than one lacking human interest. However the media coverage of the 4 girls sent back to Italy has made a mockery of International Law and taken advantage of the emotional states of vulnerable children.
Two years ago, a Brisbane mother kidnapped her daughters when they came to Australia for a short holiday. The girls had grown up in Italy. Since then, the media has complied with the mother as she seeks to emotionally manipulate the nation.
Under the Hague Convention, which seeks to stop international child abduction by parents, the High Court had no option but to send the daughters to Italy, where Italian courts can decide what is in the best interests of the children.
In the most recent turn of events, camera crews and journalists were staked outside of the father’s home in Tuscany. Distressing scenes ensued. When they saw the Australian media, the two oldest girls ran to them and begged for reporters to help them, as a reporter held one of the girls hands.
This after media had recorded the girls in hysterics at the airport days earlier.
Many sources claim the mother gave the media the address of her ex-husband.
Through all of this, the media are appearing as advocates for the mother, when in reality she has been in defiance of international law for years now.
The newsworthiness of the story is intrinsically tied to the emotional side of it. The thought of a mother being separated from her children is heartwrenching to most.
But in reality, the case is far from unique. According to statistics from the Attorney General’s office, in 2009 83 children were wrongfully brought to Australia and an application was made under the Hague convention for their return.
The Australian media have come across as nothing more than ethically bankrupt to exploit the potentially traumatic situation of 4 children, all for an emotional story.