“The most brutal immigration regime in the developed world”: International Media Responses to Australia’s Asylum-Seeker Policy

Authors

  • Hannah M Laney University of New South Wales Australia
  • Caroline Lenette University of New South Wales Australia
  • Anthony N Kellett University of New South Wales Australia
  • Charlotte Smedley University of New South Wales Australia
  • Prasheela Karan University of New South Wales Australia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40323

Keywords:

Australia, immigration policy, international media, media attention, public perception, Manus Island riots

Abstract

Despite intense media coverage of Australia’s asylum-seeker policy, there is minimal attention to structures and processes that influence international media perspectives. This article explores international media responses to Australia’s policy using a mixed-method approach. Our research focused on twenty-five articles from international media outlets surrounding the 2014 “riots” at Manus Island Regional Processing Centre. Three major themes (political relationships, domestic policy and practice, and treatment of asylum-seekers) highlight some key trends in international media representations of this event as an example. We discuss the implications of such findings for the production, representation, and reception of international media stories.

Author Biographies

Hannah M Laney, University of New South Wales Australia

Ms Hannah Laney is from the Social Research and Policy program in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales Australia.

Caroline Lenette, University of New South Wales Australia

Dr Caroline Lenette is a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and affiliated with the Forced Migration Research Network (FMRN@UNSW), University of New South Wales Australia.

Anthony N Kellett, University of New South Wales Australia

Mr Anthony Kellett is from the Social Research and Policy program in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales Australia.

Charlotte Smedley, University of New South Wales Australia

Dr Charlotte Smedley is a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales Australia.

Prasheela Karan, University of New South Wales Australia

Ms Prasheela Karan is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales Australia.

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Published

2016-11-23

How to Cite

Laney, H. M., Lenette, C., Kellett, A. N., Smedley, C., & Karan, P. (2016). “The most brutal immigration regime in the developed world”: International Media Responses to Australia’s Asylum-Seeker Policy. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 32(3), 135–149. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40323