Susan Devoy on the Media party

Susan Devoy recently made a speech at the Ethnic, Migrant and Refugees Community Engagement Summit.

“What some of us do not already realise is that our media is neither neutral nor objective, the media reflects the society we live in.”

Devoy doesn’t think society is objective and can see why the Media are so mistrusted in NZ.

“Ironically while we were taking media calls over this Christmas issue – we were also attending interfaith peace vigils.”

Where everyone was bending over backwards not to offend the other by using phrases like “Merry Christmas”. That’s not ironic, that’s proof positive of the issue.

 “It was not lost on us that the article’s timing was strategic and cynical: It had only been 7 days since terrorists had murdered 130 people in coordinated attacks across Paris.”

Should the media have waited until after Christmas to report on Christmas? There have been Muslim terror attacks every month since so maybe there is no good time to draw attention to the fact our refugee centres think saying “Merry Christmas” will offend newcomers.

“Maori New Zealanders have endured biased treatment by the media in this country since the time the first newspapers were printed. Maori are viewed as different whereas Pakeha things are viewed as normal.”

Does Devoy not support a separate TV station for Maori, then?

“We support open discussion about national identity but…”

There’s always a “but”, isn’t there?

“Our journalists have names like Ali Ikram, Ruwani Perera, Mihingarangi Forbes, Chris Chang and Mohamed Hassan.”

Just like Labour, Devoy identifies identity by name alone.

 – Scoop


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