16 December 2006

Ripper

Another [somewhere] Ripper - the media must be wetting themselves with excitement.
Not since the 7/7 bombings have they enjoyed a news item as much as the recent serial murders in Suffolk.
One thing that they've badly let themselves down on is in constantly referring to the murdered women as prostitutes. Now I generally prefer to call a spade a spade, but to the families of these people, it must be especially hurtful and shameful to hear their loved ones constantly referred to as murdered prostitutes. Okay the prostitution angle is relevant up to a point as it appears to have been a targetted group; God knows they're a vulnerable enough group.
But does it have to be, "murdered prostitute Firstname Lastname" .... can't they just be murdered women?

10 Comments:

Blogger PC South West said...

I understand that they are women firstly and that it is tragic what is going on. But they are prostitutes and it needs to be told as it is and that there is clearly some nutter who is targeting women with that particular occupation. I don't think leaving that vital part of the situation is in the interest of the public or the victims.
But I do understand where you are coming from.

16 December, 2006 22:03  
Blogger SergeantSays said...

I don't like the media at the best of times. The Suffolk reporting has been no exception. White middle class dominated popular media wouldn't have even bothered reporting it if it was just one prostitute murdered, but once there was the sniffings of a serial killer then they were all over it like a rash.

I hate the papers sometimes!

I've already whinged about it over on my site, but noone seemed to want to comment.....

20 December, 2006 00:05  
Blogger Bitseach said...

I am pleased (well, you know..) to note that later reporting has caught itself on and is now referring to these murder victims as women instead of to the "job" that they do.

I hope they've got the right man...

27 December, 2006 14:38  
Blogger Wisteria said...

exactly. they're wouldn't go on and on about it if they were shop assistants would they. it's just sensationalism. and the coverage was excessive to the point of being sick-in-the-head.

04 January, 2007 00:46  
Anonymous billy said...

You'd expect them to go on and on if it was murdered police constable firstname lastname.

27 February, 2007 11:17  
Blogger Bitseach said...

Well pardon us for not wishing such disrespect to murdered women [sheesh!]

27 February, 2007 23:15  
Blogger leafofhope said...

I am pleased (well, you know..) to note that later reporting has caught itself on and is now referring to these murder victims as women instead of to the "job" that they do.

I hope they've got the right man...
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