A protest has been planned at Seven’s Melbourne headquarters following an “African Gangs” report on Sunday Night.
The “African Gangs” report by Alex Cullen claimed “African gangs running riot, terrorising, robbing, wreaking havoc” and suggested police were loath to admit there is a problem in Victoria.
But South Sudanese community members took issue with its sensationalist approach.
Lawyer and activist Maker Mayek encouraged a #NotMyAustralia social media campaign against the programme, also writing a response for Crikey.
Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon wrote in The Age, asked, “do we want be characterised by the behaviour of the worst people in our community simply because we share the same skin tone.
“For those of us in the community, this is the difficult terrain we must navigate. How do you speak to the issue of racial vilification while giving a victim of crime the acknowledgement that what happened was sickening and completely unacceptable?
“In the end, there is no excuse for crime and no excuse for racial vilification.”
It also drew reactionary articles on Guardian, MamaMia and Junkee.
Now a protest has been planned for 4pm today at Seven’s headquarters on Harbour Esplanade. More than 1100 people have registered their interest in attending:
The media continues to vilify and demonize our community year after year, it seems that we’ve been downgraded from people into juicy headlines guaranteed to raise viewership. We understand that a minority of our community has been involved in criminal activity, we do not at all condone their actions but they are not a representation of our community as a whole. 7 has attached herself to one side of the story and refuse to give a balanced journalism, as a result of our entire community has now been forced to live in a society where all of us have been declared guilty of the crimes of a minority in the court of public opinion. We demand answers, justice, an apology and most of all, for our voices to be heard.
A Sunday Night spokesperson told TV Tonight, “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.
“Sunday Night spent many months talking to and working with both the Victorian Police and members of the South Sudanese community in preparation of the report.
“The investigation went beyond simply reporting the experience of victims. Sunday Night set out to show the circumstances of a local South Sudanese musician who had fallen into a life of crime, and how he has now turned his life around and is producing music in the hope of steering other South Sudanese youth away from making the same mistakes.”
Source: News Corp