A rally held by Melbourne’s African community is kicking off out the front of Channel 7. The peaceful protest is in response to a recent episode of Sunday Night that many have deemed racist.
Posted by NITV on Friday, July 27, 2018
African communities staged a peaceful protest outside Seven’s Melbourne headquarters at Docklands yesterday following recent reportage on Seven News and Sunday Night.
Hundreds attended the rally carrying signs that read “Shame Shame On The Racial Vilification Game” and “Racist Gangs Out Of Parliament”.
On the event’s Facebook page organisers wrote they “acknowledged the victims of crime across Victoria from all communities and by no means do we condone the actions of those young offenders committing crime. But the truth is simple: the media has created a moral panic and the actions of the few should not be a representation of our community as a whole. Channel 7’s shameful campaign to denigrate the African Community has seen our community declared guilty till proven innocent in the court of public opinion.”
It comes after Laa Chol, 19, was killed last week at a party in a Melbourne CBD apartment, a crime that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton linked to gang activity. “We have people in our community who do the wrong thing, but that is just like any other community,” Protest co-organiser Titan Debirioun, 19, said.
“To have your leader, people in positions in power in politics … to single out my community and say something … that isn’t true, that is hurtful. I am disappointed with the leadership in our country.”
Seven recently defended its coverage on a Sunday Night story saying, “Sunday Night stands by every element of the report broadcast last week. It was a fair and factual report that gave context to an ongoing and important issue in Melbourne.”