TRANSPHOBIC REPORTING IN THE MEDIA
How global want of LGBGTIQ-aware media training lead to the victimization of two wrongfully accused friends visiting the middle east.
Things weren’t expected to go awry when Fadli and Fifi climbed into a taxi bound for Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall. It never occurred to them that later that same day they would be sitting in a jail cell, unaware of their “crimes.”
Travel companions, Muhammad Fadli Abdul Rahman and Nur Qistina Fitriah Ibrahim, A.K.A. Fadli and Fifi respectively, were on a perfectly normal outing to find food. They had recently arrived in the UAE for one of Fadli’s freelance fashion photography jobs, Fifi had tagged along for fun. Fifi had visited to the UAE a number of times and was aware of the dangers faced by transgender women who travel to religiously conservative countries—but she never thought her actions (or lack thereof) would elicit a yearlong prison sentence.