Reportage Censored and censorship of documentary images discussed on ‘The Project’ last night on Channel 10

Last night in Australia in between a lengthened episode dedicated to the Labour Party Leadership Ballot…  Channel Ten’s ‘The Project’ brought into discussion the ‘Reportage Censored’ Exhibition in Hyde Park, censored images were highlighted and there was a brief discussion as to whether these images should or should not be shown in public.

Two out of the three presenters said that there was nothing wrong with showing the images in a public space and implied that it was our duty to explain to our children these stories and what is going on in the world. They also commented on the fact that children see more offensive imagery in children’s programs and films, whilst are also subjected to explicit advertising imagery whilst passing through the city on a regular basis. One said that he agreed but would prefer them to be in a private space.

Oculi Photographer David Maurice Smith whose images and film from the rural Aboriginal community of Wilcannia, NSW ‘Living in the Shadows’ was banned, was interviewed on site for the program.

The episode of ‘The Project’ can be viewed here.

The Reportage Censored discussion is at 46.48 minutes of the program

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