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© Andrew Trounson | July 22, 2009/  The Australian

MORE Indian journalists will be flown to Australia in mid-August as the sector works to repair damage caused by assaults in May that sparked inflammatory and inaccurate reports in India.

The Victorian International Directors Committee is organising the visit.

"We want to engage with the Indian media face-to-face," said Liz Stinson, of Deakin University and chairwoman of VIDC.

TAFE and the private sector will also take part.

A freelance journalist believes a lack of dedicated Indian media resources here means education issues could remain susceptible to sensationalism and inaccuracies.

Neena Bhandari said she was the only full-time Indian correspondent in Australia when Indo Asian News Service closed its Sydney office last November.

She said the lack of journalists on the ground meant that most reports in India were based on the views of students and community leaders.

"Coverage was skewed and sensationalist, harping only on the race card, overlooking complexities and the many ills plaguing the Australian education industry," she said.

 
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