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Observers express concern about reporting of Reynhard case

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 15 2020   /  01:15 am

Following the conviction of Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga for serial rapes in Manchester in the United Kingdom, the global media, including many outlets in Indonesia, have produced numerous reports about the shocking case. With the case making headlines in the country, local media observers and activists have raised concerns about the media’s framing of sexual violence issues in relation to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Over the week, Reynhard, a 36-year-old PhD student living in the UK was on the front pages of worldwide news outlets after he was convicted of 159 counts of rape against men in Manchester. Police believe that Reynhard attacked at least 195 men during the 2015 to 2017 period based on the videos he recorded during the attacks on his two iPhones. Dubbed “the most prolific rapist in Britain’s legal history”, he was sentenced to life...