• Australia relies on the fairness of the ABC
Thank you for the piece Australia’s ABC must be free from interference (5 October). We can see from the reporting of the persecution of refugees who have tried to get to Australia by boat that the ABC does its best to avoid covering issues where the two major parties have the same policy, even if that means ignoring human rights violations condemned by all human rights organisations.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is sometimes referred to as “Aunty”. I would love to know what sort of aunty would refuse to broadcast footage of children refugees, held hostage on Nauru, making a direct appeal to the Australian prime minister to end their torment. Your online Guardian is one of the few publications with the gumption to tell the truth.
Perhaps with this latest embarrassment of the ABC found to be taking orders from politicians, we will see some effort to report Australian scapegoating of refugees, the public protests and the human rights reports. Perhaps the long nightmare of Behrouz Boochani, Australia’s Solzhenitsyn, and his friends, will finally come to an end. Stephen Langford Sydney, Australia