Media Release - Trial by Ignorance?

In the past week, local news services have reported on the extradition of a transgender sex worker from New South Wales to Western Australia, on an allegation of HIV transmission to a client.

A right to a fair trial, and respect for the personal health and wellbeing of this woman is now of serious concern, given the reporting on the case so far. This emphatically calls into question whether the Australian Press Council’s general principles for publishing, including ‘privacy and avoidance of harm,’ are even understood as a basic standard for social responsibility in ‘reporting the news’, by journalists and editors alike.

For more information, read the full media release here.

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