Struggles of a ‘strange man’

Story Author(s): Alick Ponje

News Source: The Daily Times

Publication/Broadcast Date: July 24th, 2018

Country(ies): Malawi

Story Summary:

The story mostly uses the correct gender pronouns (she/her) but the headline “strange man”, use of “normal”, and phrase “woman trapped in a man’s body” reveal deep bias. Tiwo, a transwoman, is identified as a ‘man’ as well. The author contacted good LGBTQI+ sources and seems mostly well-intentioned but needs serious training on trans representation.

Topics: Discrimination, Healthcare, Legislation, Marriage, Migration, and Police

LGBTQI+ Identities: Gay and Trans/gender nonconforming/gender diverse

Journalistic Issues: Journalistic approach shows clear bias, moralizing, fear mongering, sensationalizing, prejudice, ridicule, etc., Language/terminology is inaccurate/misused but with no apparent malice, LGBTQI+A voices insufficient, Negative myths/stereotypes are left unchallenged, Research/context is insufficient or questionable, Source/subject safety is addressed inadequately, and Visuals/photos are generic and neutral