Crime Stoppers NSW Deletes Facebook Post
Friday, 3 September 2015
On 19th August Crime Stoppers NSW posted a “Wanted” notice on its Facebook page for a man in connection with the crime of organised car re-birthing. JMA wrote to the organisation about some of the comments that were posted by readers in response to the notice.
Comments included “Shoot him”; “It so happens the majority of the criminals these days appear to be middle eastern muslims”; “Always shifty Arabs” and “Funny they're always ‘Middle Eastern’...he's probably hiding under his wife's hijab..” JMA indicated that comments like these may be in breach of racial and religious vilification regulations and also incited to violence. Crime Stoppers NSW subsequently agreed to delete the post and is yet to outline to JMA its procedure for reviewing comments and removing ones that are offensive.
Appreciate Respect Shown
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
JMA wrote to the Shepparton News about an opinion piece titled “Respect Ramadan Values” (22/06/15). The article was a positive change for a faith group that is frequently covered by the media and usually in negative terms. A minor correction was pointed out that the Ramadan fast is from dawn to sunset rather than from sunrise as indicated. And although the list of exemptions may not have been exhaustive, includes children who have not reached puberty and menstruating women. The use of the word ‘ignorance’ may have been a bit harsh, but the piece certainly does improve awareness and promotes better harmony between diverse communities.