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Jakarta Post

The return to racist politics in Australia

  • Edward Stephens


Jakarta   /   Tue, March 19, 2019   /  11:30 am
The return to racist politics in Australia Security officials walk outside the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 40 dead on March 15, with one gunman – identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. (AFP/Tessa Burrows)

The Christchurch attacks in New Zealand are an extreme symptom — the most extreme — of a much wider problem. Fear of other people has been weaponized by politicians, newspaper editors and broadcasters to suit their own agendas and to boost their election campaigns. To attract viewers and sell newspapers in an era when sales are declining and paid audiences shrinking. This is happening around the world. But it’s also happening in Australia. This fear is driven by ignorance, and it’s this widespread ignorance that permeates the upper levels of Australian society. The male, pale and stale leaders of our businesses, our media companies and our political parties. It is their ignorance that sets the narrative about Muslims in Australia. They decide who edits their newspapers and who produces their broadcasts. The editors decide what stories are run showing what...

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