Aftenposten under investigation for burglary in the US

Omar MateenA wreath hangs from the apartment of Omar Mateen, who was killed after carrying out a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, following a search by police in Fort Pierce, Florida, U.S. June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Yara Bayoumy

The police in Florida has put  Aftenposten under investigation  for burglary after the newspaper published pictures taken inside the residence of Omar Mateen after the attack on the nightclub Pulse in Orlando, the newspaper VG news reports.

According to the newspaper, Aftenposten are one of several media put inder investigation by the police in Fort Pierce, Florida.
On  Monday Aftenposten published a report several more pictures of the killer’s apartment. The report contained images including images from the living room and a children’s room in the residence.
“When Aftenposten arrive at the housing of Omar Mate , it is open and unattended, with nobody inside,” the report says  .
defends decision
Aftenposten’s editor in chief Espen Egil Hansen says he has not been contacted by US law enforcement. He defended his decision to take the pictures.
– There has been an incident where 49 people are killed. All the insight, knowledge and information that can be found on the person who was responsible and what lead him to do this, is interesting, he says.
He nevertheless made it clear that the pictures, especially the picture of the room to the killer’s son, has sparked debate, even within the newsroom.
– I think it was right, but not unproblematic, to publish the pictures. It is possible to discuss whether it was necessary to show the child’s room, for example,  Hansen says.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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