• Aus­tralia re­lies on the fair­ness of the ABC

The Guardian Weekly - - Opinion -

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

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