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The Courier Mail Sparks Outrage Over Transphobic Story On Murder Victim

The Queensland newspaper used a trans slur on the front page to describe Mayang Prasetyo.

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The front page of today's The Courier Mail has drawn backlash on social media for its treatment of murder victim Mayang Prasetyo.

Exhibit A: Courier Mail front page Exhibit B: link to make a press council complaint: http://t.co/rw6iAADmi4

Amy Gray@_AmyGray_Follow

Exhibit A: Courier Mail front page
Exhibit B: link to make a press council complaint: http://t.co/rw6iAADmi4

9:37 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The Mail's use of trans slurs and its focus on Prasetyo's sex work has upset many.

@couriermail Your front page transphobic headline for this story is utterly disgusting and disrespectful.

Sandy B@thekthualFollow

@couriermail Your front page transphobic headline for this story is utterly disgusting and disrespectful.

8:04 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@couriermail SHAME on you all for THIS headline! Proving again that your brand of 'journalism' is better described as #gutterpress.

eithne@eithne52Follow

@couriermail SHAME on you all for THIS headline! Proving again that your brand of 'journalism' is better described as #gutterpress.

9:57 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Woah, hadn't seen inside the Courier Mail via @YaThinkN

Bridie Jabour@bkjabourFollow

Woah, hadn't seen inside the Courier Mail via @YaThinkN

4:01 PM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

. @couriermail I am appalled at your disrespectful treatment of Mayang Prasetyo. A woman has died and you cannot afford her dignity.

Cat Laherty@chahertyFollow

. @couriermail I am appalled at your disrespectful treatment of Mayang Prasetyo. A woman has died and you cannot afford her dignity.

8:18 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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@couriermail Your highlighting of a domestic-murder victim's gender, sexuality, or employment is unethical sensationalist nonsense.

Jim Little@JimLittle1Follow

@couriermail Your highlighting of a domestic-murder victim's gender, sexuality, or employment is unethical sensationalist nonsense.

8:56 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One Twitter user pointed out the contrast with reports on Melbourne woman Jill Meagher's murder in 2012.

Can you imagine a snap of Jill Meagher in a bikini accompanied by an offensive descriptor on the front page of the Courier Mail? Course not.

Lou@Msloulou77Follow

Can you imagine a snap of Jill Meagher in a bikini accompanied by an offensive descriptor on the front page of the Courier Mail? Course not.

11:01 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Another "fixed" the headline.

I fixed your terribly wrong headline for you @couriermail @wrongdorey. #domesticviolenceawareness

Not Campbell Newman@Can_do_CampbellFollow

I fixed your terribly wrong headline for you @couriermail @wrongdorey. #domesticviolenceawareness

7:51 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And local MP Terri Butler spoke out against the transphobia in the headline and story.

Transphobia hurts people and families. So does family and domestic violence. #qldpol

Terri Butler MP@terrimbutlerFollow

Transphobia hurts people and families. So does family and domestic violence. #qldpol

10:53 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many Twitter users urged people to report the paper to the Press Council.

fucking courier fucking mail god i am furious. use this http://t.co/QZC9fu3oDN

Bec@BrocklesnitchFollow

fucking courier fucking mail god i am furious. use this http://t.co/QZC9fu3oDN

10:27 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

While others circulated a petition requesting that The Courier Mail apologise.

If you're disgusted by the @couriermail and their lack of morals when reporting on sex workers & trans* please sign: http://t.co/zMmxMYhwIm

Tacos@thiscassgirlFollow

If you're disgusted by the @couriermail and their lack of morals when reporting on sex workers & trans* please sign: http://t.co/zMmxMYhwIm

10:33 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Courier Mail has not officially responded to the backlash, but one journalist who works for the paper defended the story on Twitter.

And this is how the hacks responsible for the horrible courier mail story are maturely dealing with the criticism

Kylie N@misskylie77Follow

And this is how the hacks responsible for the horrible courier mail story are maturely dealing with the criticism

10:57 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The editor of The Courier Mail is yet to respond to BuzzFeed's request for comment.

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