This morning I checked the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s website. Their ‘Marine Safety Information’ page.
By 10:07:29 WST I had posted today’s issue of ‘Refugee Boats – the Timeline‘ and included the fact that AMSA was reporting that
FM RCC AUSTRALIA 192239Z AUG 2013 AUSSAR 2013/5584
INDIAN OCEAN CHART AUS 4701
INDONESIAN TYPE FISHING VESSEL WITH 105 PERSONS ON BOARD IN POSITION 08-27.719S 105-30.954E AT 192209Z ADVISED THAT THE VESSEL IS TAKING WATER AND 4 TO 5 PERSONS ARE IN THE OCEAN.”
There was no mention of this in any MSM outlet I could find. In fact the first reporting I heard was sometime after 11am WST when ABCNews24 began reporting that “It was being reported by the Sydney Morning Herald that a refugee vessel was in distress and that HMAS Parramatta was on its way to provide support”.
ABC Online News added the story at 11.55 am WST.
Sadly it appears five people died in this ‘incident’.
What interests, and disgusts me is that the ABC was the best and most accurate breaker of news in Australia. Now it is reduced to reporting what other outlets have already reported.
It seems that if you want up-to-date breaking news, it is necessary to find it in Murdoch or Fairfax publications.
I am not a journalist. I am not an expert. I just use my laptop to access primary sources.
I knew about this about three hours before the ABC first reported it. I blogged it around two hours before it appeared on the ABC Online News. The SMH had not reported it at the time I posted on my blog.
Surely the ABC still has at least ONE genuine reporter on staff who is capable of checking primary sources.
Or should I ask for my 8c a day back?