The Brisbane Times reported that a man was charged with torture, deprivation of liberty, contravening a domestic violence order, and three counts of serious assault to police after allegedly torturing a woman in Brisbane last Friday.

Given that it only happened a couple of days ago and police would still be gathering evidence, you wouldn’t expect journalists to know a lot of details, or be able to report them even if they did know.

You would (and should) expect them to know that people were involved in this alleged crime. A man was charged and a woman was taken to hospital. This information is in the article, which means there is no valid reason to erase it from the headline.

I know people can see it – if they click in and if they read the whole article. If all people see is the headline (and that’s a lot more than the people who read the whole article) they see nothing about the people involved. The man who was charged and the woman who is in hospital are erased and invisible.

Is that the purpose of reporting on men’s violence against women?


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