An Australian newspaper that drew sharp criticism for its sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman’s murder has said it did not intend to diminish the value of her life – but stopped short of a full apology.
The Brisbane daily ran the following editorial today under the headline ‘Victim’s murder should be valued’:
‘Mayang Prasetyo was the innocent victim of a horrendous crime, killed by the man she should have been most able to trust.
‘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 intention of diminishing the value of Mayang’s life, or to add to the grief being felt by her family.’
The paper has suffered a backlash on social media at least one complaint has been made to the Australian Press Council, According to the Mumbrella media website.
A petition started by the Brisbane transgender community demanding a public apology for the article had more than 22,000 signatures at the time of writing.
Several Brisbane businesses said they would no longer sell the Courier Mail: