Time for @mediaalliance to take charge of secret tapes ethics debate: @margokingston1 #MediaMargo #MediaWatch

I sent this email to the Media Alliance today. Dear Media Alliance, Last night’s Media Watch discussed the ethical dispute among journalists over the ethics of recording interviewees without their permission. The dispute shows serious disagreement on the matter. The Age believes it is always ethical. Some others, including me, believe it it permissible only in exceptional circumstances: In general it is unethical for a journo to record a private convo, phone or in person, w/o express or implied consent. #springst @bencubby — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) July 29, 2014 After some debate among journalists on Twitter, I commissioned media law and ethics professor Mark Pearson, who writes the No Fibs media […]

Absolute freedoms destroy freedom: Disney

Extract of evidence from Professor Julian Disney on freedom of expression and Australian newspapers  to the Senate hearing on media reform, March 19 There are substantial problems with media standards in Australia. A number of them we have in common with other countries… We also gather (information) from journalists as well. Journalists tend to speak more freely, of course, one to one than they do in broader discussions about what they see as problems within the media. The problems include distortion and suppression of key facts and opinions; confusion of fact and opinion; errors of fact, especially online due to excessive haste in posting material and inadequate corrections of those […]

So who is threatening our democracy?

Is that the truth or did you read it in The Daily Telegraph? Is that the truth or did you read it in The Daily Telegraph?

Dear elected representatives, give the public a seat at the media reform table

By Noely Neate March 19, 2013 Open Letter to OUR Elected Federal Government Representatives from punter Noely Neate Hi.Have you seen this excellent & thorough explanation of exactly what the reforms are and how they will affect the media? Explainer: Conroy’s proposed new media laws is by Martin Hirst, Associate Professor Journalism and Media at Deakin UniversityDear . I appreciate that you are most likely receiving an awful lot of correspondence in regard to this proposed legislation.  I also understand that not a lot of time has been allowed for it.  Please, seriously consider negotiating to allow the legislation to go through as it is in the best interests of the PUBLIC, […]

Kerry Stokes, free speech defender? Spare me

By Margo Kingston March 18, 2013 I reckon it’s time for journos to start spilling the beans on the ‘free speech’ nonsense being spouted by big media. The big boys’ self-righteous, self-interested hypocrisy in the media reform debate is surely too much for any of us who care about the survival of our profession to stomach. Today the Oz – of course – tells us Kerry Stokes will make a surprise appearance at the Senate hearings into the media reform bills ‘to denounce the bills and argue passionately in favour of a free press without government oversight’. The article lists all the heavies who will come to Canberra – they are […]

@albericie debates @chriskkenny on media self regulation reform: And the winner is?

Wish the left would do something right for a change. Left gives up values in favour of politicking blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/chriskenny/ind… — Chris Kenny (@chriskkenny) March 14, 2013 @chriskkenny It’s not a left/right issue but one of fairness why should TV & radio news be regulated but print news not? who’s politicking? — Emma Alberici (@albericie) March 14, 2013 @albericie Seriously? You too are supporting media regulation? I think Australia has fallen through the looking glass. — Chris Kenny (@chriskkenny) March 14, 2013 @chriskkenny Broadcasters already regulated through ACMA what is wrong with PIMA ensuring press does what its own self-reg says it will? — Emma Alberici (@albericie) March 14, 2013 @albericie […]

Pollies citizens need to pass media reforms

By Margo Kingston March 17, 2013 Public support will be crucial to the success of the media reforms. Please contact the following key politicians whose decisions will determine the outcome. You CAN make a difference. This list was kindly compiled by Barry Tucker @btckr Adam Bandt Twitter @adambandt Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Adam.Bandt.MP email [email protected] Canberra (02) 6277 4775 FAX ACT (02) 6277 8583 Rob Oakeshott Twitter @OakeyMP Facebook http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Oakeshott/1415774696 email http://www.aph.gov.au/R_Oakeshott_MP Canberra (02) 6277 4052 FAX: (02) 6277 8403 Andrew Wilkie Twitter @WilkieMP Facebook http://www.facebook.com/andrewwilkiemp Canberra (02) 6277 4766 FAX: (02) 6277 8579 Tony Windsor Twitter @TonyWindsorMP emails www.aph.gov.au/T_Windsor_MP | [email protected] Canberra (02) 6277 4722 FAX: (02) 6277 8545 Craig Thomson @DobellThommo No Facebook Website http://www.aph.gov.au/C_Thomson_MP no email Canberra (02) 6277 4460 FAX: (02) […]

Last chance to rein in Murdoch

By Margo Kingston March 16, 2013 Here’s a history lesson on the long road to media dominance by Rupert Murdoch, aided by both big parties, via two chapters in my book. The Liberals said yes to Murdoch under Howard, and will keep saying yes. They are partners, or rather, Abbott is Murdoch’s puppet. I also tell the story of how I lobbied minor parties to stop Murdoch’s law in the Senate in 2003, and describe Fairfax journalists’ long struggle to preserve our values of fearless independent journalism. Murdoch papers’ incendiary reaction to Conroy’s reforms – led by Murdoch’s top executive in Australia Kim Williams – means Murdoch’s empire has something to lose. […]

My conversation with a Murdoch press release

By Margo Kingston March 16, 2013 Has anyone seen a piece discussing the REAL effects of media reforms on Murdoch's Australian empire? The freedom of press thing is crap. — margo kingston (@margokingston1) March 15, 2013 [email protected], what would the effect of Conroy's media proposals be on Murdoch's capacity to expand his Australian media empire? — margo kingston (@margokingston1) March 15, 2013 . @margokingston1 haven't even talked about that – I am interested in freedom of speech, you, clearly are not. Weird. — Chris Kenny (@chriskkenny) March 15, 2013 [email protected] So you think increased media concentration has no impact on freedom of speech. Weird… — margo kingston (@margokingston1) March 15, 2013 […]

Media reform laws address abuses of long-fought for freedoms

By Matt da Silva (@mattdasilva) March 15th, 2013 Source:Happy Antipodean In a useful run-down on his blog, journalism law academic Mark Pearson outlines some objections to the government’s proposed media reform legislation. It is a little brief and although it starts out promisingly, political concerns quickly rush to the fore. Here’s his first objection, near the top: Here we have a piece of legislation proposing a statutory mechanism for the supervision of industry-based self-regulation of print and online news media. That, dear readers, is ‘regulation’. Fair enough, and we’ll get to my reaction to this point later. But for people interested in understanding the implications of the proposed laws in terms of the Privacy Act, […]