Poll | Should media show images of Syrian kid found dead on beach?

  • HT Correpondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 10:44 IST
A Turkish gendarmerie carries a young migrant, who drowned in a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island of Kos, in the coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey. (Reuters Photo)

Images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, showing the little boy wearing a bright red T-shirt and shorts and lying face down in the surf on a beach near the resort town of Bodrum, went viral on social media and appeared on the front pages of newspapers in several countries.

Millions were riveted by the image of the toddler, who drowned along with his mother and brother when their boat capsized on a short run from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos and hopes of a new life in Europe.

Reactions poured in from across the world and artists shared their tributes to the toddler on social networking sites.

The photos of the boy have sparked a debate about the role of social media in documenting the refugee crisis and the ethical implications of sharing such graphic imagery.

Read: Artists mourn Syrian toddler's death, post their tributes

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