Behind the wire of privatised immigration detention

The reality inside Australia’s countless, Serco run detention centres is far too often ignored by the media. There are notable exceptions, of course, and it’s a key theme in my upcoming book, Profits of Doom.

One of the strongest examples of independent journalism tackling the issue is the public release this week of Detention Logs, a project by three young journalists keen to bring far more transparency to what the general public knows and understands about the literally thousands of refugees trapped in immigration detention. Their key pieces this week are here, here, here,… here and here.

It’s worth remembering that this project has been independently financed and initiated without the backing of the mainstream media (Detention Logs wants and needs your help). I know this because I’m friends with two of the journalists. That says something about the parlous state of investigative reporting in Australia.

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