Title Migrant rights activists highlight ethical issues in Straits Times story Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet The Online Citizen Media type Web Duration/Length/Size Article Country/Territory Singapore Date 4/08/15 Description Activists and researchers working on issues related to migrant workers and their rights have expressed concern over a feature article in The Straits Times about Bangladeshi cleaners in public housing estates living in bin centres.
The Straits Times published “Life in the dumps” written by Aw Cheng Wei (with additional reporting by Toh Yong Chuan) on 18 July, revealing that a number of Bangladeshi workers the reporters had come across appeared to be living in the bin centres on HDB estates.
Although the workers declined to give the journalists their names for fear of reprisals, the paper ended up publishing photographs of the men in the bin centres, causing them to be clearly identifiable. The Straits Times also published the addresses of some of these bin centres.
“The reporter had indicated in the story the men had already expressed anxiety about losing their jobs and did not want to be identified, thus the men were cognizant of possible negative consequences and had already communicated this to the reporter,” labour rights researcher Stephanie Chok told TOC.
“If the workers have asked not be be identified, how can the Straits Times justify publishing their photos and addresses?” added sociologist Nicholas Harrigan.
Producer/Author Kirsten Han URL https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/08/04/migrant-rights-activists-highlight-ethical-issues-in-straits-times-story/ Persons Nicholas Harrigan