Journalism Council: photo Spitsnieuws “unaccaptable”

Yesterday the Dutch Journalism Council announced its verdict in a complaint against the use of a photo of naked buttocks to illustrate an article about a gay couple that had moved fom their home to escape harassment. The Council concludes: “The use of this photo (by Spitsnieuws.nl) under these circumstances is stigmatizing and furthers discrimination, and is unacceptable journalism”.

 

Dennis Boutkan, chairman of COC Amsterdam and Pride Photo Award who filed the complaint in December is very pleased with the verdict’s clear message: “This is the first time a fundamental statement is made against the use of stigmatizing photos that have a negative effect on the way people look at LGBT’s”.

The Council found the claim legitimate and fomulated a clear verdict: “The Council considers it is not implausible that the average reader gets the impression that the gay couple themselves are to blame for the harassment. This confirms a stereotype about gay men, while there was no ground to do so. The use of this photo under these circumstances is stigmatizing and furthers discrimination,   and is unacceptable journalism”.

COC Amsterdam and Pride Photo Award hope that this verdict will help prevent careless and ill-considered use of images that enforce prejudices.

Pride Photo Award is an annual international contest for photos about sexual and gender diversity.

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