Please download both of the documents from the following links, type your name and e-mail address in the appropriate fields of the Word document and then e-mail both documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject 'Complaint Forms' (before 3 March 2011 0730 GMT).
Important: The above procedure is based on the Australian Press Councils own guidelines and must be followed for a successful submission.
This is a formal complaint to Australia's press regulator about an article published in several Murdoch newspapers here entitled "Big snip heads for big debate, circumcision is rising in private procedures say doctors". This article, which comprises largely of quotes from doctors who make money performing circumcisions, can be read on-line here:
The main body of the complaint reads:
There is a gross lack of balance in this article as the group most directly affected, infant boys, cannot represent themselves, no parents of intact (uncircumcised) boys were interviewed, no intact (uncircumcised) men happy with their status were interviewed, no men who resent being circumcised were interviewed and no doctors advocating alternatives to circumcision for preventing contraction of HIV/AIDS (e.g. condom use) were interviewed.
The right to privacy of two minors who had been circumcised was violated by naming them in this article.
It is impossible to distinguish fact from opinion in this article as it is not clearly stated that the doctors in this article profit financially performing (via Medicare subsidisation of the procedure ), and thus advocating for increased rates, of circumcision.
The article includes a disgusting and unrelated image of baby boy spread-eagled, which could reasonably be expected to cause offense.
There is gratuitous reference to religion in the article ('Circumcision is also widely accepted in some cultures for religious reasons and is seen as a rite of religious passage in the Jewish community.') which otherwise does not discuss circumcision as a religious practice, fails to mention the many religions that do not practice circumcision and consider the practice abhorrent (e.g Sikhism), does not quote religious officials of any faith, and does not quote Jewish parents who chose not to circumcise their son(s).
(Australian Press Council guidelines mandate a limit of 400 words)
Please leave a reply so that I may gauge the number of complaints sent (and to keep this post prominent until the deadline).
Thank you in anticipation.