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Why the media are to blame for racialising Melbourne’s ‘African gang’ problem

Just before Channel 7 aired a Sunday Night special devoted to Melbourne’s “African gangs” problem earlier this month, the race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, went on Twitter to criticise a promotion spot as “fear-mongering and…

  • John Budarick
  • The Conversation

The same could be said of a string of stories in the Australian media in recent months on violent incidents committed by “African gangs” or people of “African appearance”.

Nau 1aThe death of a 19-year-old Sudanese woman at a party in Melbourne earlier this month was linked in some reports with gang violence – something…

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