A former Gold Coast school captain accused of fleeing Australia to fight in Syria has lashed out at the media for their coverage of the Paris attacks saying ‘that happens nearly every day here but no one seems to care.’
Oliver Bridgeman, who was school captain of Coombabah State High in 2013, left Australia in March with fears he fled to join the Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-linked terror group.
However the 18-year-old denied the rumours and insisted he was only in the war-torn country to do humanitarian work.
Taking to Facebook a day after the deadly Paris attacks which claimed the lives of more than 120 people, Mr Bridgeman blasted the media for their lack of coverage of the deaths that occur in the Middle East.
“Everyone is shocked and the media is going crazy about the 120+ people that just got killed in Paris,” Oliver posted on November 14.
“But that happens nearly every day here in Syria but no one seems to care.
“A human is a human no matter if they are “Western” or not and just because the people of Syria arent living in the west it doesn’t mean that the slaughtering that they indure on a day to day basis should be silenced by the media.