Sydney siege: Rupert Murdoch criticised over 'heartless' congratulations tweet

The media mogul owns Australia's News Limited, Fox News and News International

Ella Alexander
Tuesday 16 December 2014 12:00
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Rupert Murdoch's arguably ill-advised tweet has been condemned by Twitter users for being “insensitive”.

The News International boss and managing director of Australia’s News Limited congratulated the Australian Daily Telegraph for being the first to report on the “bloody outcome” of the Sydney siege.

Two were killed in the hostage incident, including mother-of-three Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, the 34-year-old manager of the Lindt cafe in Sydney.

Gunman Man Haron Monis died after police stormed the café and seized the hostages in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

However, Murdoch saw the incident as an opportunity to praise the Telegraph and voice his thoughts on more successful media outlets.

He was quickly branded ‘heartless’ and ‘insensitive’ by social media users:

Murdoch is yet to remove the tweets or comment further.

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