Mayang Prasetyo, found dismembered in Teneriffe apartment in Brisbane.
Mayang Prasetyo, found dismembered in Teneriffe apartment in Brisbane.

WE SAY: Has the media gone too far with shock factor?

OUR VIEW: WHERE is the line between good taste and accurate reporting, between capturing reader interest and shocking to the point of horror and beyond?

A Brisbane newspaper with the headlines "Monster chef and the she male" and "Ladyboy and the butcher" no doubt thought it was pushing the boundaries.

But it is the tone of the headlines that tell a story beyond the murder case they cover.

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The emergence of social media, some believe, has moved the line between good taste and accurately informing readers. Rather, it has helped to confuse opinion and fact, and opened gates to horrors few knew any human was capable of.

So newspapers - all newspapers - have pushed the boundaries. All have made mistakes.

For that, dear readers, we beg forgiveness.

The Courier-Mail's front page provoked outrage
The Courier-Mail's front page provoked outrage

News and newspapers should provide an anchor point and compass that can give us some hint about how to navigate from day to day, no matter how confusing that journey may be.

Stories must be as accurate as they can be, using the facts that sources provide, within production time constraints. They should never confuse horrific reality with fantasy.

As journalists, we strive to present the facts and encourage balanced debate.

We strive to reflect our communities.



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