The Ethnic Element In Reporting Crime
Mick O’Regan: In the clamour that arose over the recent reporting of serious sexual assaults in New South Wales, particular attention in the press was paid to ethnicity.
Attempting to identify the people that they wanted to speak to, the police indicated the suspects were from a Middle Eastern background, and were Muslim. The issue received front-page treatment, and the Lebanese community became a general target for racial abuse.
Nadya Stani reports on the impact of the media coverage.
Campbell Reid: Do we owe responsibility to the feelings of the community from which the rapist came, or do we owe a responsibility to the victims of this crime? In my mind it