PROPAGANDA:

“information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view”     or

“information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.”

 

Looking at 4 days of ‘news’, perhaps the Australian public should be thinking about where to apply the word ‘propaganda’ and how they should deal with it

3 JanPeter Dutton says Victorians are scared to go out to restaurants because of African gang violence where “they’re followed home by these gangs, home invasions, and cars are stolen

3 Jan –  Melburnians begin to tweet the Home Affairs Minister with photos of the restaurant meals they have gone out to enjoy  #MelbourneBitesBack

4 JanAustralia’s Race Commissioner says that crime statistics don’t support the Minister’s assessment and that sowing fear and whipping hysteria will divide communities, creating more problems

4/5 Jan – Melbourne’s African leaders call for calm as Peter Dutton’s ‘gangs’ comment leads them to urge the media to demonstrate more responsible reporting and prompts Police Minister Lisa Neville to say that Mr Dutton had taken the debate “to a whole new low”. The ABC reports that statistics indicate that a Victorian is more than 25 times more likely to be seriously assaulted by someone born in Australia or New Zealand than someone born in Sudan or Kenya.

6 Jan‘We’re not a gang’: the unfair stereotyping of African-Australians

 

How many people heard a soundbite from the first news item and then nothing from the others? 

Peter Dutton has a privileged position as a Federal Government Minister with a high profile platform for his statements. What he says is reported more widely than what is said by African-Australians.

Do Australians think that Peter Dutton is using his power responsibly?  

Australians still have the freedom to speak out against their government.
And against harmful propaganda.

They should …

contact the Prime Minister,
contact your federal MP,
post on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram,
contact any media organisation and demand responsible reporting.

while they still can.

 

N.B. Updated 7 January to add:

The 9 Network’s “A Current Affair” is currently running promos for a story on gang violence that appears to focus on the African-Australian community. With a history of coverage about Melbourne gang activity leading even news.com.au to report that “despite the gang being reported as predominantly an ethnic or foreign gang, police have said Apex was mainly made up of “Australian-born offenders”, it seems important to stress to ACA that Australians demand #balancedreporting.

You can contact the program via @ACurrentAffair9 using #9ACA on Twitter and/or leave a comment on their Facebook page by clicking here or click directly on the image below to send an email.

 

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