Guilty: Australia’s Channel 7 censured over ‘racist’ infanticide report
By Rebecca Sommer
One has to congratulate NGO Survival International. for it’s campaign against serious violations of the broadcasting code, after Channel 7 screened a TV “report”so extreme that Survival branded it ‘Freakshow TV’ and launched a formal complaint.
In a landmark judgement, Australia’s Channel 7 network has now been found guilty by the press regulator.
The report labelled Brazil’s Suruwaha tribe as child murderers; ‘Stone Age’ relics; and ‘one of the worst human rights violators in the world’.
Survival complained to Australia’s regulator ACMA after Channel 7 refused Survival’s request to issue a correction to its report, broadcast on its Sunday Night programme.
In the landmark judgment, ACMA has now ruled that the Channel was guilty of breaking its racism clause – ‘provoking intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or group’ – believed to be the first time it has found a broadcaster guilty of this serious offence under the 2010 TV Code. It has also ruled that the Channel was guilty of broadcasting inaccurate material.
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