Pray For Us: Tragedy At Sea And The Politics Of People-Smuggling
SYDNEY (Australian Centre for Independent Journalism / Pacific Media Watch): The Australian Centre for Independent Journalism is staging a Forum on Reporting Refugees with Sarah Ferguson and
Natalie O’Brien later this month.
The recommendations of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers will provoke intense debate in the coming weeks. Join in the
discussion with a special ACIJ forum on reporting refugees.
Award-winning journalists Sarah Ferguson and Natalie O’Brien talk about how they broke two of the year’s most
hard-hitting stories, and the issues they raise for refugee policy in Australia.
Sarah Ferguson’s program Smugglers’ Paradise – Australia, broadcast on ABC-TV’s 4 Corners, exposed a network of people smugglers operating out of Australia - one closely involved in the sinking of a refugee
boat in November 2010 which claimed 97 lives.
Natalie O’Brien’s nine-month investigation of the earlier sinking of another boat in October 2009, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, revealed the true story behind the deaths of 105 asylum seekers and three crew - and the failure of Australian
authorities to alert rescuers.
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