Hiru News Faces Backlash Over Graphic Coverage of Alleged Rape Victim’s Testimony in Dhanushka Gunathilake's Court Hearing

September 18, 2023

Hiru News has come under intense scrutiny on social media for its explicit coverage of cricketer Dhanushka Gunathilake's ongoing court hearing in Sydney, Australia. Gunathilake faces serious rape charges and is currently on trial in the foreign nation.

Hiru News, a prominent private TV station in Sri Lanka, took a different turn in this instance. The media outlet provided a vivid and explicit account of the testimony presented by the victim during today's court session. The explicit nature of the coverage left many viewers stunned and uncomfortable.

The news bulletin, which aired prominently during Hiru's main broadcast this evening, delved into distressing details of the alleged assault, recounting the victim's testimony in a manner that has sparked severe criticism across social media platforms.

Critics argue that while responsible journalism entails reporting on significant legal proceedings, the explicit nature of Hiru News' coverage has crossed a line, causing discomfort among viewers. They emphasize the importance of balancing the duty to inform with the need for sensitivity, especially when dealing with such sensitive and distressing subjects.