Journalists have criticised the Daily Mirror for using its front page to “demonise” a 12-year-old girl for trophy hunting.
On Tuesday, the British newspaper carried a full-page picture of the child, holding a gun aloft over the body of giraffe, with the headline: “Little Miss Deadly.”
Her first name also appeared in the “exclusive” story, while her full name is in the online version.
Business Insider has obscured her identity in the picture of the Daily Mirror’s front page. We are awaiting comment from the paper’s parent company, Trinity Mirror.
The Daily Mirror sourced the photos from the child’s Facebook page and claimed she is responsible for a “string of kills” in South Africa.
It is not the first time the girl has appeared in the media: She was interviewed by ABC’s Good Morning America earlier this month, while the likes of the Daily Mail have written about her trophy hunting.
But the Daily Mirror’s decision to put her on the front page alarmed journalists on Twitter.
BuzzFeed special corespondent James Ball said Henderson’s decision was a “good call.” Local newspaper journalist Brian Stormont said: “That Daily Mirror front page tomorrow. Not for me, sorry.”
Lawyer Chris Hallam added: