A Current Affair has come under fire for a “Racial Divide” segment which profiled racial unrest in Melbourne but did not include leaders from Vietnamese nor Sudanese-Australian communities.
The report, which aired on New Year’s Eve, featured an anonymous, masked “Vietnamese teenager” calling on people to “hurt any African youths” they see. It also interviewed a member of the far-right United Patriots Front whom reporter Reid Butler branded as “100% racist”.
The Vietnamese Community in Australia, told Guardian Australia footage used was not “race-related” as implied.
“I do believe the African community is being unfairly treated in the media. To isolate the Sudanese community, and say anyone with dark skin is in a gang … that happened to the Vietnamese community too. Ten or 20 years ago, we were the ‘Asian gangs’,” said Kevin Tran, VCA vice-president.
“We very much understand the difficulties of being in a newly arrived community. I have no doubts that Sudanese and African communities can contribute to Australia and its multicultural fabric.”
A Current Affair defended interviewing the United Patriots Front member and said members of the Sudanese-Australian community declined to comment.
The report doesn’t indicate if those were community leaders nor whether ACA approached Vietnamese community leaders.