It was a fascinating account of what went on behind the scenes and in front of the public that lead to the release of Australian refugee soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi from a Thai gaol where he was being held pending extradition to Bahrain. The cynic in me wonders if the outcome would have been the same had he been a plain looking non athletic person. I would like to think not, but....... He was only freed because of the extreme pressure being put on Thailand from so many directions, and even the Thai Royal Family was becoming concerned. The excellent and so interesting piece is at The Age.
Another read that I found fascinating was how the private media company Salesforce Social Studio employed by Victoria Police swung into action on the day of the Bourke Street Massacre. God knows how much that cost. I hope VicPol have a fixed price contract with the company. Not only was the media managed, there was a huge effort to gather evidence that might have been posted on social media. If you are not part of a large company, and at times even if you are, you might have no idea of what happens now behind the scenes in managing media, minimising bad publicity and responding, or not, to social media. The tale is at Tech Republic.
It seems gaol is not being kind to James Gargasoulas, the convicted perpetrator of the horrendous crime.
A company part owned by Federal Minister for Energy Angus Taylor is under investigation for illegal land clearing, The Guardian reports, and why does it take The Manchester Guardian (England) to tell us this? What is our own ABC and other media doing?
Dare I mention Angus Taylor, Barnaby Joyce and a Twitter story? My understanding is that a Twitter user had her account cancelled when she published a tale on Twitter of what seems to be extreme corruption at the highest levels of our Federal Government. From what I read, it was a factual story, without opinion and I can't see how it could be defamatory. It was a drawing together of pure facts. Thanks to Annie ODyne for steering me towards the link but I am not game to link to the story directly. You might find it by Googling; Twitter, Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Cayman Islands and Water Buy Backs. Again I ask, why hasn't our main media reported on this?
Corruption cuts to the core of a society and must be rooted out and prosecuted.