: Monitoring racism

Do racist jokes encourage racist behaviour?

Racism by definition is a generalisation: applying perceived characteristics and abilities of a race to everyone within that race, giving way to comparisons of superiority or inferiority. Is comedy that utilises racism—or other identity discrimination such as sexism—detrimental to the state of affairs? In other words, does it pronounce and encourage the behaviour of stereotyping?


Our complaint to ACMA about A Current Affair story

All Together Now is pleased with Australian and Communication Media Authority’s (ACMA) decision announced today that the “All-Asian Mall” story aired on a A Current Affair breached the Commercial TV Industry Code of Practice.

In November 2012 All Together Now sought an explanation by Channel 9 as to how the segment was allowed to air. All Together Now believed that the story did not portray Asian people in a respectful and unbiased way and that it contravened the Code.

After an unsatisfactory response from Channel 9, All Together Now contacted ACMA to investigate further. ACMA this morning sent us a 45-page investigation report. It found that:

Channel Nine’s A Current Affair has breached three clauses of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice in a broadcast which:

  • contained inaccurate factual material (clause 4.3.1)
  • placed a gratuitous emphasis on ethnic origin (clause 4.3.10)
  • was likely to provoke intense dislike and serious contempt on the grounds of ethnic origin (clause 1.9.6).

ACMA recommended that Channel Nine make a public statement acknowledging the findings and that it remove the segment from Channel Nine’s website.All Together Now is pleased that Channel Nine has agreed to both of these remedies, with the public statement expected to be aired during A Current Affair tonight.

This will be the first time a commercial tabloid current affairs program has agreed to issue such an on-air statement.

Media coverage:

Racism in Australia – August 2013

Racism in Australia – July 2013

Racism in Australia- June 2013

Racism in Australia – May 2013