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Australian media fails Tamils

May 17, 2009

Green Left Weekly – Australian media fails Tamils

The Sri Lankan government’s war against the Tamil minority has again exposed the extent to which the corporate media reinforces the status quo — no matter how unjust.

It has become standard practice in recent years for mainstream journalists covering a war zone to become “embedded” with the military forces favoured by the government of the media outlet’s country.

“Embedded” means the journalist travels with, and depends on, the military. The information, and therefore the reporting, is controlled by the military.

Fairfax’s South Asia correspondent, Matt Wade, appears to be the latest in a long line of corporate media journalists to allow himself to be used by a brutal military force — in this case, the Sri Lankan Army.

Judging from his Sri Lanka reports, Wade appears to be de facto embedded with the SLA. He took part in an SLA-organised tour of the barbed wire-enclosed SLA-run internment camps for Tamil civilians.

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