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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Newspaper 'sorry' for publishing photo of Jackass star instead of dead soldier

Published 29/07/2014 | 15:34

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Sergeant Guy Boyland, 21, was killed on Friday in a battle with Hamas gunmen in the southern Gaza Strip. Inset: The New Zealand Herald's front page which featured a photo of Jackass star Ryan Dunn in error
Sergeant Guy Boyland, 21, was killed on Friday in a battle with Hamas gunmen in the southern Gaza Strip.
The New Zealand Herald's front page which featured a photo of Jackass star Ryan Dunn in error

The New Zealand Herald has apologised “unreservedly" after it mistakenly published a photo of a Jackass star on its front page story about an Israeli soldier killed in Gaza.

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Sergeant Guy Boyland, 21, was killed on Friday in a battle with Hamas gunmen in the southern Gaza Strip.

Instead of using a picture of the solider in its report on the soldier’s death, an image of late Jackass star Ryan Dunn was used.

The New Zealand Herald issued an apology to the family and friends of Guy Boland.

“The New Zealand Herald apologises unreservedly to the family and friends of Guy Boyland following the incorrect use of two images in today's paper and on the New Zealand Herald website. As editor I take responsibility for the errors that should never have occurred,” editor Shayne Currie said.

“I have personally spoken to members of Guy's family this morning, as has the CEO of APN, Jane Hastings. The family members have been remarkably forgiving, particularly in the circumstances. I have apologised for adding to their grief and I will keep them fully updated on how this happened as obviously it is unacceptable.”

“We are currently looking into what checks were made regarding the two images, with a view to ensuring procedures are reviewed to ensure that there is no repeat of this error in the future.”

“Guy Boyland was a fan of comedian Ryan Dunn and had posted the photo we used on his Facebook page when the comedian died in 2011. The New Zealand Herald incorrectly sourced the image of Ryan Dunn from Guy's page, along with several other images, believing them to be of Guy.”

“I would like to reiterate how seriously we are taking this error and apologise again. I would also like to apologise to our readers - the public trust us to get it right, and we must make sure that this does not happen again.”

Mr Boyland had been a fan of Mr Dunn and had posted the photo of him on his Facebook page when he died.

Dunn was killed in a horrific high-speed car crash in the US in 2011.

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