Australia welcomes restraint call

Protests against the Australian government in Ranchi, India. (REUTERS)

Australia's government yesterday welcomed a call from India for restraint in media coverage of attacks on Indians, stressing there was no evidence that race was a factor in two recent incidents.

New Delhi urged its media to act responsibly after an Indian man was burned in an incident in Melbourne on Saturday, a week after 21-year-old Nitin Garg was stabbed to death in the city's western suburbs.

The attacks followed a spate of violence against Indians in Victoria state last year and have prompted a strong reaction in the Indian press, with one newspaper likening Australian police to the racist Ku Klux Klan.

Australia's acting foreign minister Simon Crean welcomed the statement from foreign ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash, who advised the Indian media to "exercise utmost restraint in reporting on these sensitive issues".

 

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