Shocking domestic violence ‘joke’ about a battered and bruised woman going to the doctor for help sparks grovelling apology from a newspaper
- A regional newspaper has been forced to issue an apology to the community
- Queensland-based Murgon Moments printed offensive domestic violence ‘joke’
- It was about a battered and bruised woman going to the doctor for help
- It sparked fury among local community who voiced their concerns over the post
- The newspaper has since removed the post from their latest August edition
- Editor Leo Geraghty issued his own apology and has undergone counselling
A regional newspaper has issued a grovelling apology to its local community after publishing an offensive domestic violence ‘joke’.
Murgon Moments newspaper, based in Queensland’s South Burnett region near Gympie, published a ‘joke’ in their August edition about a battered and bruised woman going to the doctor for help.
The so-called punchline was that the wife would not get hit by her husband if she only kept her mouth shut, sparking an outcry among readers.
Murgon Moments newspaper, which is based in Queensland’s South Burnett region, published a joke in their August edition, about a battered and bruised woman going to the doctor for help (pictured)
The paper has since republished this month’s digital edition without the offending piece and the editor has also received counselling over the matter.
The newspaper acted after Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said she was horrified by the decision to publish it.
‘This is not a joke…It is stark reminder of how far we still have to go.’ she told ABC News.
‘Already this month it has been reported that several women have lost their lives due to domestic and family violence…that’s just in Queensland alone.’
A public apology was posted onto the Murgon community Facebook page on Friday.
‘The Murgon Business and Development Association Incorporated finds the ‘Joke of the Month’ unacceptable, inappropriate and offensive.
In a public apology posted onto the Murgon community Facebook page on Friday, Murgon Business and Development Association Incorporated said: ‘The editor has been counselled and the current edition of the Murgon Moments has been withdrawn’
‘On behalf of the Murgon business community we offer an unreserved apology.
‘The editor has been counselled and the current edition of the Murgon Moments has been withdrawn.’
Leo Geraghty, the editor at the centre of the row, also issued a statement of his own on the website but it was later removed after another backlash over its tone.
‘To my valued readers, I am sorry you found it offensive.
‘Perhaps it might be better to remove all the snippets that used to be classed as jokes from the Murgon Moments, which I have voluntary done for the last 190 issues.
Leo Geraghty, the editor at the centre of the row, also issued a statement of his own on their website but it was later removed after another backlash over its tone.
‘Perhaps doing the copy for print at one o’clock in the morning, I should have been more careful to what I was including instead of including jokes from the 2007 edition.’
Domestic Violence Action Centre chief executive Amy Carrington said: ‘Given the actual severity of domestic and sexual violence in our communities, it’s not a joking matter.’
But local councillor Kathy Duff defended the editor and added: ‘Leo is an absolute champion of the community.
‘He has been doing the Murgon Moments for as long as I can remember. I know there was absolutely no intent meant and that was just an oversight.
‘He would be devastated to think somebody had taken it the wrong way — it was an absolute oversight and not ill-intended.’