Victorian chief judge slams media coverage of ‘African crime’


A top Victorian judge says media coverage around crimes committed by Australia’s African communities is not only incorrect but “dangerous”.

A spate of crimes involving Australians of African heritage over the past year triggered debate over whether or not there is a “crisis” with African “gangs” in the country – particularly, in Victoria.

But County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd has dismissed the claims, saying the media is giving disproportionate attention to these crimes.

“I can say that in general terms, most of our work, the vast, vast majority of our work does not involve Africans,” he told ABC’s Four Corners.

Peter Kidd talks to Four Corners.

Four Corners

“If you are an African offender, and certainly if you’re an African youth of South Sudanese background from the western suburbs of Melbourne,…

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