The juvenile detention scandal, news fatigue, and the power of an image | Mike Ticher

The footage shown by Four Corners should not allow anyone in the media to give themselves a free pass on the failure to bring this story to wider attention earlier

Last September Guardian Australia published a news story on the report by the former Northern Territory children’s commissioner Howard Bath into events at the Don Dale juvenile detention centre in August 2014.

It referred to many of the details that have become all too familiar in the wake of Monday’s Four Corners program that led to Malcolm Turnbull instantly announcing a royal commission to investigate – the teargassing, the spit hoods, the restraints, the solitary confinement, the dogs, the 14-year-old transferred to an adult jail, the quotes about pulverising “the little fucker” and “I don’t mind how much chemical you use”.

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