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The Human Face of Torture and Trauma: towards a best practice model of media reportage.

The Human Face of Torture and Trauma: towards a best practice model of media reportage.

Griffith University, , Australia, QPASTT, Brisbane, Australia
This study focusses on how best to navigate the paradox between providing privacy and anonymity to trauma victims; and providing them with a news voice and the need to humanise their suffering in news media coverage. The study posits torture and trauma reportage routinely de-humanises individuals through de-identification, and while this is arguably underpinned by psychological best practice, little work has been done to explore how survivors of torture and trauma themselves believe their stories should be handled by the news media. The study draws from qualitative and quantitative data collected from Brisbane based refugee migran
communities and individuals who have faced torture and trauma in armed conflict and civil unrest, to explore how they believe their stories should be portrayed in the Australian press.