Daily Telegraph issues correction over wrong drug death pic other publishers refused to run

The Daily Telegraph Sonic DoomThe Daily Telegraph has apologised for using a picture of the wrong woman while naming the victim of a drug overdose at the Stereosonic music festival on its front page yesterday.

The News Corp owned newspaper apologised “for any distress” the image “may have caused” to Sylvia Choi’s family, stating the newspaper confirmed the validity of the photograph by speaking to Choi’s neighbours.

Mumbrella understands a number of news outlets including Fairfax and Nine and Seven News had discovered the same image on a publicly available Facebook profile page under the name of Sylvia Choi who lives in Sydney, but decided not to run it because the page itself looked suspicious.

The Facebook profile has only the image of the woman with a hand hiding her face, and has just 13 friends.

“Despite extensive inquiries made by The Daily Telegraph to confirm the validity of the photograph, including showing it to neighbours who stated it was her, we now accept that was not the case and we sincerely apologise for any distress this may have caused Ms Choi’s family,” the correction stated.
The Daily Telegraph Sylvia Choi correction

Sylvia ChoiThe Daily Telegraph published the incorrect photo on its front page yesterday, with the image also running online, before the police circulated a correct image of Choi yesterday afternoon forcing the paper to change its articles online.

News Corp again declined to comment on how the photo was sourced and why The Daily Telegraph chose to run the image when other publishers did not.

Miranda Ward


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