One In Five for Sunday 12 July 2009
Last month's shooting spree in Christchurch certainly grabbed the headlines. The shooter - forty two year old Shayne Sime - was disabled. He was a wheelchair user. And his indiscriminate firing has had some questioning whether he wanted to die. But how accurately did media portray his condition? How relevant was his disability to the story? On tonight's programme Mike Gourley talks with Mediawatch producer Colin Peacock about media reporting on this story. And also with a US expert, Dr Emily Keram on the phenomenon of 'suicide by cop'.