U.S. media ignore French plea to U.N. to make gay sex legal

French President François Hollane (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
French President François Hollande (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

In a speech to the United Nations yesterday, French President François Hollande urged the repeal of all laws against homosexuality worldwide, such as those currently in effect in 76-plus countries.

That news went unreported in the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

To read about it, you’d have to turn to online publications such as:

Hollande told the U.N.:

“France will continue to conduct all these struggles: for the abolition of the death penalty, for women’s rights to equality and dignity, for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, which should not be recognised as a crime but, on the contrary, recognized as a [sexual] orientation.

“All members countries have the obligation to guarantee the security of their citizens, and if one nation adheres to this obligation, it is then imperative that we, the United Nations, facilitate the necessary means to make that guarantee.”

Homosexual activity is a crime in 76-plus countries and punishable by death in nine of them, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan, Qatar and Mauritania, and parts of Nigeria and Somalia covered by sharia law.

In contrast to their neglect of Hollande’s plea for justice worldwide, the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times all covered today’s speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

His speech was obviously newsworthy, but so was Hollande’s.

What’s up with their news judgment?

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor/publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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