Francesca Albanese on Australian media’s Gaza blind spots

Albanese speaks to Crikey about her experience of the Australian media and leaves a stern message for the government regarding its commitment to international law.

UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine Francesca Albanese (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)
UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine Francesca Albanese (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The UN’s special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, Francesca Albanese, recently concluded her tour of Australia, leaving as one of the most prominent critics of both the government and the media landscape in reporting on the conflict in the region. 

Albanese appeared on ABC’s Q+A and gave an address at the National Press Club last week that went viral, with the human rights expert likening the situation in Gaza at the moment to a televised, 21st-century Nakba. After a week of exposure to Australia’s media landscape, Albanese said that the standard of local discourse was “very basic”. 

“I found the content of the discussion generally, I wouldn’t say poor, but it’s very difficult to have a sophisticated discussion because it seems to me from the questions [I received] that the level of understanding [of the Israel-Hamas conflict] is very basic,” Albanese told Crikey.

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