When the BBC falsely accused the late great Lord McAlpine of child abuse in November 2012 it rocked the once respected organisation and led to the resignation of the Director-General, George Entwistle, news director Helen Boaden, deputy news director Steve Mitchell, and reporter Iain Overton.
When the ABC falsely accused Australian Navy personnel of torturing asylum seekers, no one at the ABC resigned.
Child abuse and torture are at the top of most people’s list of horrific crimes. To falsely accuse someone of those crimes is an outrage and the reporters and management should suffer the consequences of fact-free reporting. At the very least Mark Scott should resign.