The Australian radio station that made the hoax call that preceded the apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha is to donate $500,000 (£326,000) from its advertising profits to her family. Sydney-based 2Day FM again expressed ´deep regret´ over the death of Miss Saldanha, which took place shortly after she fell for the trick by two DJs at King Edward VII Hospital in London. The radio station´s owners had cancelled all of its advertising after broadcasting the call, in which Mel Greig and Michael Christian pretended to be royals
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Donna M, 12/11/2012 1:37:59 PM (No. 9059877)
This is getting to be such a distracting pileon and unfair. My brother is a psychiatrist and when he read of this, simply raised an eyebrow and calmly stated that she had problems other than this. Putting through a prank call--not even being the one it´s put through to--in a normal mental state would not be enough to induce suicide.
Not to speak ill of the dead, but in such an abnormal mental state could Ms. Saldanha even care properly for ill patients? There is something more here.
Puerile and tasteless as such prank calls are, the claim that they cause suicide is manifest nonsense. And although society would perhaps suffer no great loss were such juvenile antics to be stopped, the thought of having always to walk on eggshells lest the least stable or barely hanging on individuals kill themselves or others is a dismal one indeed. We are far from having all the necessary information to understand why this woman chose to kill herself - and it is actually none of our business. But it is certainly our business to reject, and to reject robustly, the absurd insinuation that a prank radio call made her do it. To subscribe to such fallacious reasoning (post hoc propter hoc) is a step down a slippery slope that could ultimately infringe on everyone´s freedom of expression, a freedom that, like it or not, includes the freedom to pull stupid stunts appropriate to twelve year olds but bizarre in supposed adults.
It is really sad when people don´t want to accept the stated facts and would rather blame the victim´s reaction to such a humiliating incident. The big thing here is she left behind children who are now motherless thanks to such insensitive jerks like the DJ´s.
It is nice that the Aussie radio station is finally stepping up to the plate.
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