The Messenger By The Wheeler Centre


“From Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre, The Messenger brings you into the Australian immigration detention centre on Manus Island – and reveals, in intimate detail, one man’s experience of what it’s really like to flee tragedy and seek asylum by boat”.

The Messenger is a compilation of 5,000 WhatsApp messages sent on a smuggled smartphone by a refugee on Australia’s Manus Island Detention centre in Papua New Guinea.  The podcast reveals the tragedy of one  boat asylum seeker and narrates in his own words the latest forced removal of the men from the detention centre to new prisons. The podcast received a Walkley Award for excellence in journalism in November 2017.


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