The ABC has apologised following a #MeToo privacy error where the names and faces of rape and domestic violence survivors were revealed in a pre-broadcast version of Tracey Spicer’s new documentary.
An embargoed version of the Silent No More documentary was provided to journalists last month via the ABC’s media portal. However, the uploaded version did not blur out the names or details of the women who appeared in the documentary.
The women who featured in the documentary contacted Spicer after she asked the public to come forward with any information about sexual misconduct in the Australian media.
News.com.au and BuzzFeed investigated the privacy blunder and found one of the women in question was “aghast” her information was handed to journalists without her consent.
An ABC spokesman told the SMH it was a mistake and said the program was removed from its media portal as soon as they became aware of the error.
“The ABC sincerely apologises for any harm or upset this has caused them or their families,” said the spokesman.
Spicer said she was “utterly gutted” about the incident, saying she was told the identities of the survivors would be “fully protected”. She apologised “deeply and unreservedly”.
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