Shanahan and Bolt doctor a quote to accuse Conroy of doctoring a quote: Welcome to Murdoch news:

By Margo Kingston March 21, 2013 Stephen Conroy said on Insiders Denis Shanahan 19 March In his evidence to the Finkelstein Inquiry into media standards, Professor McKinnon… said: “One editor jovially once remarked that he would rather double his annual contribution than have a complaint upheld.” Andrew Bolt yesterday Headline: Labor uses doctored evidence to grab […]

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 […]

Perrett urges AFP to investigate #Ashby now, adds Abetz to list

[clear] By Margo Kingston March 20, 2013 EXCLUSIVE Graham Perrett has written to the AFP demanding it resume its investigation into possible criminal activity surrounding the court action by James Ashby against the then Speaker of the House of Representatives Peter Slipper. He has also added Liberal Senator Eric Abetz to  the list of people the […]

Journalist @MargaretSimons stands up to Oz intimidation, speaks out on media reform

By Margo Kingston, March 19, 2013 I’ve known Meg Simons for more than 25 years. We met in the Fairfax Brisbane bureau in the late 1980s – she was The Age correspondent,  me a new recruit for the Times on Sunday. We covered the Fitzgerald Inquiry, and I learnt courage and persistence – and tried to learn […]

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 […]

Why can’t Kim Williams describe the public interest?

By Margo Kingston March 18, 2013 Kim Williams is Murdoch’s chief executive in Australia. Williams cannot define, or even explore, what ‘the public interest’ might be in relation to newspapers, because it is completely relative: ‘The public interest is as long as a piece of string… it is in the eye of the beholder.’ And his […]

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. […]

@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 […]

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 […]

@Barnaby_Joyce states the case for Labor’s media merger ‘public interest test’: How will the Nats vote?

By Margo Kingston March 17, 2013 The National Party has long opposed further media domination by Rupert Murdoch, as detailed in the two media policy chapters in my book. It fought against John Howard’s weakening of media concentration laws to facilitate Murdoch expansion, and Barnaby Joyce actually crossed the floor in 2006 to vote for his […]