Today’s media update focuses on the London riots, coverage of which has emphasised "criminal opportunism", failures of policing and individual moral responsibility, and has included descriptions of the spreading lawlessness as a sickness, contagion or virus.
Here we have selected coverage questioning the social origins of the riots (including the response to the London police shooting), with a Salvation Army opinion piece in today’s Herald Sun asking whether similar riots could happen here.
Our update concludes with coverage of the recent Victorian Police announcement of a crackdown on commuter crime that coincided with coverage of the London riots.
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- Rioters all over the shop, The Age, 11 August 2011
- London-style riots could erupt here, even in the lucky country, The Herald Sun, 11 August 2011
- Young people are crying out: Stirling, ABC TV Lateline, 10 August 2011
- Social and economic unfairness fuelling riots, ABC Radio National PM, 10 August 2011
- Youth unemployment and alienation to blame for rioting, ABC Radio National The World Today, 10 August 2011
- Caring costs – but so do riots, The Independent, 9 August 2011
- London riots: Mark Duggan died of gunshot wound to chest, The Guardian, 9 August 2011
Easy sell for commuter crime crackdown?
- Police target violence on public transport, ABC 7pm TV News VIC, Updated 11 August 2011
- Transport safety crackdown targets louts, The Age, 10 August 2011
- Major public transport blitz launched, Victoria Police Online News Centre, 10 August 2011
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