Australian government criticised for denying a visa to Mimi Mefo for a press freedom conference.
Written by Jeremiah Ngwa on 24 October 2019
Former Equinox Tv investigative Journalist Mimi Mefo has been denied a visa by Australian Authorities to enter Australia. Mimi Mefo was invited to give a talk on Press freedom at a conference in Brisbane Australia on Friday 25th October 2019.
Australian authorieties in Germany said
“they were not satisfied that the applicant’s employment and financial situation provide an incentive to return”.
According to them, the award winning Journalist who now work with the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle will not return if she set foot in Australia.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Mimi Mefo said she was concerned officials denied her visa based on “stereotype views of Africans”.
Maybe it would have been different if they just Googled me or looked at my Twitter or Facebook page. Not everyone who comes to Australia [from Africa] wants to stay...It is totally unacceptable to treat journalists like this. Any country that claims to adhere to democracy has to go beyond the promise and the words, you need action,”
Many people have criticise the decision on Twitter, below are some reactions.
— David Marler (@Qldaah) October 24, 2019
It was incredibly disappointing not to have @Mimimefo237 with us for out lighting talks at #integrity20 today. She gave a powerful pre-recorded talk, but I've no doubt students would have loved to ask her questions. And having learned of her work, I'm sorry not to meet her. https://t.co/Opj1wDJ5tQ
— Matt Beard (@matthewtbeard) October 24, 2019
@Integrity20 is deeply disappointed keynote Cameroonian journalist Mimi Mefo @Mimimefo237 has had her visa denied to enter Australia. Listen on @SteveAustinABC https://t.co/ZTLJ1BFTvo & official statement here https://t.co/wMQJi9LX0D @IndexCensorship @MishaGlenny @PeterGreste
— Susan Forde (@FordeSusan) October 24, 2019
Mimi Mefo was invited to speak at the Integrity 20 conference hosted by Griffith University. she received the 2019 index on censorship and freedom of expression award after spending 4 days in jail for criticising the role of the military in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.