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Apr 21, 2017

Did the Herald Sun invent the Sudanese youth Apex gang?

Was a gang of violent Sudanese youths taking over the streets of Melbourne?

If you take a passing interest in Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper, you’d be aware that young Sudanese migrants have been terrorising the suburbs with carjackings and violent robberies over the last year or so.

Dedicating 28 front pages over a year to the "notorious" Apex gang, the Hun has gone hard in pushing the law and order agenda, bolstered by state and federal politicians.

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13 thoughts on “Did the Herald Sun invent the Sudanese youth Apex gang?

  1. Gorkay King

    “Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston told Crikey he believed his paper’s reporting had been accurate and proportionate.”
    While there is an issue with general crime, gang/African dimension is mostly manufactured outrage. Herald Sun is great at manufacturing outrage. Look at CFA issue for an example. Anything to attack state Labor government, which Herald Sun is absolutely obsessed with.

  2. mikeb

    I don’t agree with the HR scaremongering but you also can’t argue with the stats.
    http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/Lookup/by%20Subject/4517.0~2014~Main%20Features~Country%20of%20birth~7
    Pretending there isn’t an issue won’t help it go away.

    1. Saugoof

      You know what they say about statistics…
      I’m not saying there’s no problem, there may well be although the source of the problem is likely different from what the Herald Sun thinks it is. But it’s also highly likely that the numbers are skewed because of the relatively small sample size (there are not that many Sudanese kids in Australia). It also does not say anything about whether there is any racial profiling taking place for example. Nor whether Australian born kids are likely to be able to afford better lawyers. Plus that chart is three years old.
      I do have a great deal of time for statistics. They can be a fantastic tool to illustrate things, but they also always need to be read with caution.
      It’s interesting though how different people can interpret the same statistic entirely differently. I would read a statistic like this as “there is a problem here, this is probably caused by failing support services, poverty, etc.” whereas the Herald Sun would likely interpret this as “Sudanese kids don’t fit in”.

      1. mikeb

        No arguments with me on that.

      2. old greybearded one

        Funny how no one mentions Samoa or are they all league players? Also interesting is the low figure for Afghans and Iraqis. I agree with you Saugoof, but having, apparently. solved the problem does not match Murdoch’s needs. It is like destroying houses and hospitals in Iraq, great recruiting for the bad bastards.

    2. John

      This article isn’t saying it’s not an issue, Mikeb. It’s saying the HS coverage is disproportionate (28 front pages). For gods sake mate, keep up.

      1. mikeb

        John – Either you can’t read or comprehension isn’t a strong point. Please try harder.

  3. Pedantic, Balwyn

    The Hun ensures that “black” images are prominent in all the photo journalism accompanying its articles. Now there is no doubt that some kids from horrific war torn backgrounds are prominent in these attacks, but lets tackle education and job issues for these young arrivals before condemning them to incarceration and a life of crime.

  4. AR

    Any particular reason that there was no mention of the name of the prime offender for his relentless beating of the racist, xenophobic hate drum, on his “most widely read column in Australia”, his 4 nights pw on Macquarie radio & his TV show?

  5. Adrian

    The idea that there was an Apex gang as the Herald Sun described, never sounded true to me. The idea that there were 200 gang members of african descent in one street in Dandenong that used a white woman as a fence for their illgotten gains was a better story than Oliver Twist. Probably why the Hun ran with it.

  6. Marjorie Carless

    Who can one trust these days? Definitely not the politicians and the media just doesn’t do the reporting, it skews it with the owners personal views, enhances some news and then there is fake news i.e. Making it up! It’s not just the government that needs a shakeup.

  7. Peter Hannigan

    Dramatising and distorting reality is what the media does these days to get eyes on papers/clicks on pages. Even worse is the media treatment of terrorism which lovingly chronicles every atrocity (or even hint if one) and so acts as the publicity and recruitment arm of terrorists such as IS.

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