Magwegwe residents up in arms over gay parties

Story Author(s): B-Metro Reporter

News Source: B-Metro

Publication/Broadcast Date: October 25th, 2019

Country(ies): Zimbabwe

City(ies): Bulawayo

Original Source Link: (English)
https://www.bmetro.co.zw/magwegwe-residents-up-in-arms-over-gay-parties/

Story Summary:

The news article is about the reaction of the Magwegwe locals to LGBTIQ weekend social gatherings in their neighborhood.The journalists states how residents are complaining about their children being compelled into homosexuality by the attractiveness of money spending and partying lifestyle of the gays. The journalist coverage of the story, despite showing efforts of trying to reach out to the LGBTIQ community, brings out mostly a negative outlook and comments on the LGBTIQ community.

Topics: Discrimination, Family, and Outing

LGBTQI+ Identities: "homosexuality" (abstract) and Gay

Journalistic Issues: Journalistic approach shows clear bias, moralizing, fear mongering, sensationalizing, prejudice, ridicule, etc., Language/terminology is negative/discriminatory/dehumanizing/, LGBTQI+A voices missing entirely (zero), Negative myths/stereotypes are reinforced/perpetuated, Research/context is insufficient or questionable, Source/subject safety is addressed inadequately, and Visuals/photos are generic and neutral

Rating: 4

Rating Rationale:

The article is mostly negative towards the LGBTIQ community and lacks a balanced research having been carried out before publishing the article. New Magwegwe is a high density area where almost everyone knows each other and hence it is easier for people to know who the people being talked about in the article stay and the venues of the stokvel.
The article is poorly researched and based on mostly hearsay, and given the sensitivity of the matter it can easily lead to mob justice being carried out against the “alleged gays”.