Nov 17, 2021

Cleo Smith: Man wrongly identified as abduction suspect sues TV station

Hours after his arrest, Seven wrongly published photos of Terrance Flowers, another Aboriginal man. In the rush after Cleo was found, the news organisation had taken four photos from Mr Flowers' Facebook account - where he used his mother's maiden name Kelly - without his consent. Seven then published them across several broadcasts, an online news article and social media posts where they identified Mr Flowers with headings such as: "Pictured: The man accused of abducting Cleo Smith". Seven's publication of the photos on 3 November were also the first images reported to the public of the suspect in the high-profile case. Mr Flowers' lawyers said the publication had caused significant distress to him and his family.

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