The murderous attack on the Monckton family has made front page headlines in most of the British daily newspapers, and featured prominently on TV news as well.
Presumably there is now some sort of interpretation of the notoriously ineffective Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice regarding the publication of the family photograph showing the murdered man , his seriously injured wife and two young daughters, one of whom discovered her parents after the attack..
This photo has appeared on the front page of several newspapers, but with the faces of the two young girls pixellated out, so as to supposedly hide their faces.
Unfortunatelly, each newspaper has applied the pixellation, (a standard built in feature of image processing software such as Photoshop) to a different degree.
The Sun applied full face pixellation , with about 8 blocks across the width of the 9 year old's face, as did The Mirror.
The Times used only 4 blocks i.e. a bit cruder and less easily recognisable, except that only the girls' eyes and noses are obscured.leaving their mouths and chins in the clear.
The Telegraph, to their shame, used the least amount of pixellation, only lightly obscuring the eyes and nose, presumbaly trying to test the bare minimum of what they can get away with. The girls' faces are clearly recognisable to anyone who knows them even casually, presumably negating the whole point of the exercise.
Some of the TV news coverage showed the unpixellated picture.
The Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice does not mention any standard for pixellation of photos e.g. full face, level of resolution etc., perhaps it is time that it did.
N.B. the PCC is a voluntary body funded by the people they claim to be regulating i.e. the mainstream print newspapers in the UK. It always seems to ignore any complaints from the general public, except from those unlucky enough to be directly involved in the newspaper stories themselves.