Monday, December 19, 2011

Deficient Journalism Strikes Again

From the Solomon Islands comes another news report that does not contain enough information. A Man is being prosecuted for incest with his daughter.

The father who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter because they are closely related faces one count of incest.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge yesterday when the charge was read out to him by the presiding judge.

This was for the alleged incident on unknown dates between January 1 and 30 this year at a village in Gela, Central Province.

Why is he charged with “incest” instead of rape? The article could let us know if the daughter was of the age of consent or not. That would not in any way reveal her identity. If his daughter was of the age of consent and if she consented, this prosecution should not be happening. However, if this is a matter of rape he should be prosecuted for rape.

So we are left with a news article that does not tell us whether this man is a victim of sex-negative laws that criminalize sex between consenting adults, or if he’s someone who preys on others, including children. There's a big difference.
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