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SKY New Zealand pulls Sky News Australia from its platform after it aerated disturbing imagery of the deadly mosque guard



  New Zealand shooting Mourners pay their respects at an in-depth memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019, where one of the two mass shootings occurred Friday. AP Photo / Vincent Yu
  • Sky News Australia has been dropped by New Zealand's largest satellite TV provider after sending out unnecessary images of a live stream video linked to the Friday shooter in Christchurch who left 49 dead.
  • At least 49 people were killed on Friday in a terrorist attack targeting two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. The event marks the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's histo ry and one of the deadliest in the world.
  • When the attack was played, a 1
    6-minute live streaming video of shooting to Facebook took place, where it spread rapidly across the platform, as well as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. The police urged the public not to spread the photographs anymore.

Sky News Australia, a subsidiary of News Corp Australia, has been dropped by New Zealand's largest satellite television provider after the news network had evoked emergency images of a live stream video linked to Friday's shooting in Christchurch, which left 49 dead.

Sky News Australia is available through subscriptions in Australia and on New Zealand's SKY Network Television. Despite similar names, SKY is not connected to Rupert Murdoch's Sky News network.

At least 49 people were killed Friday in a terrorist attack targeting two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Another 42 people were injured, including a four-year-old child in critical condition, the authorities said.

The event marks the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history and one of the deadliest in the world.

Sagittarius has been identified as 28-year-old Australian man, Brenton Tarrant, who has been accused of murder. Two other suspects remain in the police's custody and the authorities are working to determine their commitment.

When the attack took place, a 16-minute live streaming video of shooting was done to Facebook, where it quickly spread across the platform, like YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

The video seems to have been shot using a helmet or body camera and shows the gunman driving to the Al Noor mosque before opening fire to people near the door. He then seems to go indoors before pushing worshipers inside for several minutes. The shooter then leaves and comes back in his car before driving to the Linwood Mosque, about three miles away, where he opened fire again.

On Friday, the police acknowledged that graphic and distressed photographs were circulating over the net, but did not urge the public to pass on. Facebook confirmed INSIDER on Friday that it had erased the obvious life stream from its platform and suspended the suspected shooter's profile.

In live coverage of the attack as it was developed on Friday, Sky News Australia showed clip of shooter's life stream footage that had

SKY New Zealand issued a statement about its decision to remove Sky News Australia from its platform:

"We support our new New Zealanders and work with our colleagues at Sky News Australia to ensure that coverage does not compromise ongoing investigations in New Zealand. We made the decision on Friday with Sky News Australia to replace their live news with sports, says the statement.

According to SKY New Zealand's Twitter page the decision was made Friday night .It is said that all other news channels on their platform , including BBC World and CNN, are still available on SKY GO.

INSIDER has reached Sky News Australia for comments.


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