SUNDAY NIGHT AFRICAN GANGS

Seven's Sunday Night program breached its licence accuracy requirement in a report about Melbourne's "African gangs", the broadcasting regulator has ruled.

The report was widely criticised when it was broadcast (including in Crikey, twice) for stoking public panic about criminal Sudanese gangs running wild in Victoria. The Australian Communications and Media Authority yesterday ruled that while the report did not breach rules against inciting hatred on the basis of race, it did breach the rule against broadcasting inaccurate statements.