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Aug 25, 2017

Kim Wall is a murdered journalist, not a fun movie plot point

The "dead girl" trope in our popular culture is bad enough without forcing the culture of news to collapse into it too.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran — Associate editor

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

Associate editor

Memo to media outlets: stop comparing the alleged murder of journalist Kim Wall to a Scandinavian film noir plot.

Wall was, by all accounts, a brave and intrepid journalist. She died under unusual circumstances on a submarine off the coast of Denmark. Inventor Peter Madsen has been charged with her manslaughter (in Danish law manslaughter includes intent) after the discovery of a headless torso presumed to be hers.

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4 thoughts on “Kim Wall is a murdered journalist, not a fun movie plot point

  1. Alun Pope

    Spot on! There are PEOPLE in the news!

  2. Woopwoop

    “Reporters would do well to stick to reality.”
    Yes, but the reporters mentioned here don’t get much of a mention in Australia, apart from in this piece.

  3. AR

    Life imitating art – the facts of the case are strange enough. Straght reportage would seem to suffice.

    1. AR

      ..as would “… Straight reportage …”.

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