Brief media analysis: Media coverage of a Filipina trans woman’s case

A trans woman was arrested and detained in connection to a nude incident in Kuala Lumpur on 13 March 2019. The video of the incident had also gone viral, and received extensive sensational media coverage.

The analysis is based on 27 news reports – 18 in BM and 9 in English – in relation to the case of the Filipina trans woman published on 13, 14, 20 and 21 March 2019.  20 out of the 27 reports had misgendered the trans woman

  • 5 out of the 9 english news reports had misgendered the trans woman. All 5 articles were sourced from bernama
  • 15 out of the 18 articles in BM had misgendered the trans woman. 3 were sourced by bernama

8 out of 11 news reports on 21 March featured a photo of the trans woman with the police officers outside the courtroom. Only 1 out of 8 articles that featured her photo had pixelated her face. 7 out 8 articles exposed her face in the photos.

 

Terms used to identify the trans woman

  • Lelaki (10)
  • Mak Nyah (4)
  • Transgender (3)
  • Pondan (3)
  • Lelaki berperwatakan wanita (3)
  • He (3)
  • Male (2)
  • Individu (2)
  • Transwoman (1)
  • She (1)
  • Lady (1)
Date Number

of articles BM

Number of articles

ENG

Articles Outlet Misgendered

(X  – yes)

13 March 4 2 Dancing in the street: Transgender goes stark naked in Bukit Bintang The star
Naked Transgender Spotted Dancing and Running Up Cars in Bukit Bintang World of buzz
‘Mak nyah’ bogel berjalan, menari tengah jalan gemparkan warga kota! Awani X
[VIDEO] Lelaki berbogel di Bukit Bintang Utusan X
Lelaki warga Filipina berbogel di Bukit Bintang Berita harian X
Pondan bogel ‘catwalk’ tengah kota [METROTV] Harian metro X
14 March 2 1 Dancing transgender in Bukit Bintang remanded for 14 days The star (video)
Pondan berbogel di Bukit Bintang direman 14 hari Berita harian X
Mak nyah bogel tiada masalah mental Harian Metro
20 March 4 2 Pelancong Filipina didakwa berkelakuan tidak sopan dengan panjat kereta sambil berbogel Bernama X
[UPDATE] Mak nyah bogel ‘menginap’ di penjara Harian metro
Pelancong Filipina didakwa panjat kereta sambil berbogel Mkni (bernama) X
Warga Filipina berbogel panjat kereta di tempat awam didakwa Malaysian insight X
Filipino tourist charged with indecent behaviour after Bukit Bintang strip-off Malaymail X
Filipino tourist who strolled naked in centre of KL charged FMT X
21 March 8 4 Filipino trans woman pleads not guilty to public obscenity NST
Second charge for Filipino tourist who strolled naked in KL FMT X
Filipino tourist charged for strolling naked in KL The sun X
Filipino tourist charged with insulting public’s modesty Bernama X
Mak nyah bogel dihantar ke Penjara Sungai Buloh Kosmo
Bogel di tempat awam: Pelancong Filipina didakwa lagi Sinar harian X
Video tular, pelancong bogel didakwa di mahkamah Bernama X
Pelancong Filipina didakwa ganggu kesantunan orang awam dengan berbogel di Jalan Sultan Ismail Awani X
Pondan tak mengaku ganggu kesantunan Utusan X
Pondan Bogel Di Jalan Imbi Dihantar Penjara Warta daily X
Pelancong Filipina didakwa lagi ganggu kesantunan orang awam dengan berbogel Bernama X
Pondan bogel ditahan di penjara BH X
Total 18 9 20

 

Articles published on 21 March 2019 (on second charge)

Title Media outlet Terms used Misgendered Name as per IC revealed Photo
Mak nyah bogel dihantar ke Penjara Sungai Buloh Kosmo mak nyah No Yes Photo with police, face revealed
Filipino transwoman pleads not guilty to public obscenity NST transwoman No Yes Photo with police, face revealed
Second charge for Filipino tourist who strolled naked in KL FMT He Yes Yes Photo with police, face revealed
Filipino tourist charged for strolling naked in KL The sun He Yes Yes Photo with police, face revealed
Filipino tourist charged with insulting public’s modesty Bernama He Yes Yes File pic
Bogel di tempat awam: Pelancong Filipina didakwa lagi Sinar harian Pelancong lelaki

Tertuduh

Yes Yes Photo with police, face pixelated
Video tular, pelancong bogel didakwa di mahkamah Bernama Lelaki Yes Yes File pic
Pelancong Filipina didakwa ganggu kesantunan orang awam dengan berbogel di Jalan Sultan Ismail Awani Lelaki Yes Photo with police, face revealed
Pondan tak mengaku ganggu kesantunan Utusan Pondan Yes Yes Photo with police, face revealed
Pondan Bogel Di Jalan Imbi Dihantar Penjara Warta daily lelaki berperwatakan wanita Yes Yes Photo with police, face revealed police
Pelancong Filipina didakwa lagi ganggu kesantunan orang awam dengan berbogel Bernama Lelaki Yes Yes File pic
Pondan bogel ditahan di penjara BH Pondan

lelaki berperwatakan wanita

Yes Yes Photo with police, face revealed

 

 

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