The Australian Press Council has declined to rule on a recent cartoon in The Australian newspaper that many dubbed as racist and offensive.
Illustrator Bill Leak contributed the cartoon after details of the “torture” of juvenile Indigenous prisoners at Don Dale Detention Facility was exposed via leaked security footage. The cartoon seemed to many to suggest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers don’t know they’re own children and it received condemnation for upholding racist stereotypes.
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Despite receiving over 700 complaints, which the Australian Press Council chair, David Weisbrot, said were “mainly from individuals but also from leading Indigenous groups and peak associations,” the organisation decided to take no action. Read more…More about Indigenous, Don Dale, Indigenousdads, Cartoon, and The Australian
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