Thursday, December 13, 2007

Let's get Outraged

Gulf News, one of the leading newspapers in the UAE and the Middle East, makes me extremely angry.

Look at this report published in October this year:

Suspects deny gang-raping teenager at knifepoint

Dubai: Three suspects, including one with Aids, are standing trial for tricking a French teenager into their vehicle, driving off to the desert and gang-raping him at knifepoint.

The 15-year-old boy claimed that one of the suspects snatched his cell-phone away from him when he dialled 999 shortly before he was raped.

The 35-year-old Aids patient, A.K., an Emirati and his 18-year-old unemployed compatriot, I.M., denied their charges before the Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday.

On December 12, Gulf News had this to report

Two men jailed for kidnap and rape of 15-year-old French boy

Dubai: Two Emirati men will each spend 15 years in prison for kidnapping and having sex with a 15-year-old French boy against his will, ruled a court on Wednesday.

The Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced the men - a 35-year-old Aids patient and his 18-year-old compatriot - and referred the victim’s compensation claim of Dh15 million to a civil court.
What outrages me is the language used in the report. "Kidnapping and having sex with a 15-year-old French boy," cannot be blamed as something lost in translation.

RAPE outrages us all, it outrages everyone.

In the space of less than two months, Gulf News changed its language from "gang-rape" to "having sex."



Anonymous Who the hell cares? said...

This is the website created by Veronique Roberts - mother of the teenage boy who was raped.

And a youtube video on why you should boycott Dubai.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Seabee said...

They are actually correctly reporting the legal wording.

The first article was news, not a legal report, so they were free to use whatever wording the writer chose.

The second article reported a court's sentence, which was jail for forcing him to have sex against his will. That is an accurate report on the sentence.

Under UAE law there is no charge of 'male rape', the charge is 'forced homosexuality'.

5:44 PM  

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