Yvonne Ridley, a controversial British reporter, was among a number of speakers at a conference held this weekend in Melbourne. The report on the The 1st Annual Australian Islamic Conference by the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) included an interview with Ridley, who wore a head covering and spoke rationally about the meaning of the word 'martyr', and why she used it instead of the word 'terrorist'.
Mercy Mission, which promoted the event, used the slogan "Islamic values are universal values", as reported by the Herald Sun.
The SBS reporter noted, however, that the SBS camera crew was not allowed to film inside the Melbourne University building. If Islamic values are universal, why is there so much secrecy?
None of the other stations (Seven, Ten, the ABC) covered the event.