MEDIA RELEASE | A CURRENT AFFAIR FAILS THE TEST – SELECTIVE, SUPERFICIAL AND SANITISED PROGRAM DID NOT SHOW THE TRUE STORY OF NAURU

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A CURRENT AFFAIR FAILS THE TEST – SELECTIVE, SUPERFICIAL AND SANITISED PROGRAM DID NOT SHOW THE TRUE STORY OF NAURU

“A Current Affair” has broadcast a very selective, superficial and sanitised view of Nauru, according to spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul.

According to program host, Tracey Grimshaw, ACA has been preparing the program for five months but it is obvious they have not done their homework.

They interviewed a Tamil refugee woman who clearly raised the vulnerability of refugee women to sexual assault and rape – but did not pursue the ‘the real story of Nauru.” They could have interviewed assaulted women who are too afraid to come out to their rooms, but they didn’t.

They didn’t interview the victims of the robberies or bashings.

They showed TV and microwaves, but not the blackouts and water shortages.

ACA did not broadcast pictures of the hospital that would have out the lie to Australian government claims of the standard of health care on the island. Viewers were left with the impression that there were very nice schools on Nauru – they did not show the run-down schools were refugee children go.

ACA showed the mould on the roof of the tents in the single-men’s camp, but not the mouldy conditions in the family camp. The tents in the family camp are not air-conditioned; they are insufferably hot, and leak in the rain. However, ACA allowed a Nauruan official to give the impression that there was air-conditioning, although it is only in the infants area.

They showed pictures of a burnt-out unit in Anuijo camp, which we were told was ‘suspicious’ when it is well known that this was the place where a desperate Iranian refugee attempted suicide.

PROTESTS BANNED

Perhaps most disgracefully, ACA deceptively portrayed the daily protests on Nauru as being orchestrated to take place behind fences. If the ACA had done their homework, they would know that protests outside the fences are banned.

Nauruan police have forced the protests inside the fences by confiscating phones and arresting refugees who attempt to protest or photograph the protests from outside the fences.

ACA could have asked why people are imprisoned without charge, but they didn’t.

“Tracey Grimshaw said we would see ‘exactly how the detainees live’, but we didn’t,” said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition. “That story is being told in the on-going resistance of the asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru who have been protesting every day since 20 March.”

The Refugee Action Coalition has called a “Bring Them Here” protest Monday 27, 5.00-6.00pm at Sydney Town Hall square in solidarity with 100 days of protest on Nauru.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713