Courier-Mail statement about the Mayang Prasetyo article isn’t an apology

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The horrific article by Courier Mail

Transgender Victoria offered this statement on the 7th:

In light of the Courier Mail’s offensive reporting regarding the death of Mayang Prasetyo, TransGender Victoria have released the following statement:

Transgender Victoria (TGV) expresses disbelief and shock at the callous and inhuman disrespect shown by the Courier Mail (and other media outlets) in their reporting of Mayang Prasetyo’s alleged murder.

Mayang Prasetyo was first and foremost a human being. Her family, friends and others cared about and loved her. TGV believe that the recent Courier Mail reporting of Mayang’s alleged murder disrespects her life and memory, as well as people close to her, who are now dealing with grief and loss. We extend our sincerest sympathies to her loved ones.

On the 8th Courier-Mail statement offered this appology statement

“Mayang Prasetyo was the innocent victim of a horrendous crime, killed by the man she should have been able to trust the most. She should be remembered — as we reported yesterday — for her cheerful and friendly disposition, and for the care she had showed her family and loved ones in Indonesia.
Many believe that yesterday we presented Mayang’s story in a way that was disrespectful to her memory.
The Courier-Mail had no intention of diminishing the value of Mayang’s life, or to add to the grief being felt by her family.”

I am convinced the Courier-Mail knew the headline was sensationalistic and offensive, it’s why they ran. They just underestimated the reaction to it. Their ‘apology’ does not address the words that caused the uproar leaving the door open for similarly offensive articles in the future.

It’s unknown if Transgender Victoria accepted this apology (sic) statement but to me it is unacceptable. FYI Courier-Mail don’t you dare lecture to the us, the ones you are helping to victimize. Own up to the words. Identify the verbage and accept the blame or take the consequences.

Anyone can file a complaint with the Press Council. The complaint process does not say a person must live in Australia, only that the complaint must be filed within 30 days.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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