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? — […]

Citizen journos unite!

By Margo Kingston March 15, 2013 Source: Sheilas Sarah Capper, Sheilas editor: Veteran political journalist and author Margo Kingston is back! And just in the nick of time with an election year upon us. After some time off, Margo returned to writing at the end of last year, spurred into action when she heard Opposition leader […]

Sane analysis and comment on media reform

By Margo Kingston March 15, 2013 In this post we’ve linked to sane analysis and commentary on media reform. We’ve also asked you to nominate a fair, accurate and balanced MSM news story  – the criteria print media groups tell their self-regulation body the Press Council they strive for. If you can bear it, here is Crikey’s wrap […]

Costello’s free speech record

Queensland Liberals are taking a leaf out of the Howard-Costello playbook on crunching free speech for charities and non-government organisations. Just after we published my book chapter on Howard’s multi-pronged attack on free speech led by the IPA, readers advised that Campbell Newman was copying Howard’s policy of gagging NGOs who received government funding. Federal […]

@ABCthedrum rat-a-tat talk forgets substance

By Jim Parker March 14, 2013 Source: The Failed Estate @margokingston1 My advice: Don't watch it in the first place — Mr Denmore (@MrDenmore) March 13, 2013 @paulwiggins @mrdenmore First time I've ever watched http://t.co/8G88a38zgu Freaked out by it. So awful. So jokey, who gives a shit. — margo kingston (@margokingston1) March 13, 2013 @margokingston1 […]

The MSM won’t report this, so here’s Gillard and Conroy on media reform

Question Time House of Representatives March 13, 2013 Mr TURNBULL (Wentworth) (14:29): My question is to the Prime Minister. Can she provide the House examples of published content in breach of the standards her government wishes to enforce through the Public Interest Media Advocate? Is the front page of today’s Telegraph such an example? If she […]

Leaving Adelaide ‘as is’

By Kay and Victoria Rollison March 13, 2013 Margo: In twitter conversation on WA election night I asked Victoria Rollison to write a piece for me on the political vibe in South Australia. She replied: ‘Here is the post that my mum and I have written together. Mum and I have never written a post together […]

Murdoch’s war: 175 generals on song

By Margo Kingston February 19, 2003 Rupert Murdoch is pro-war, and thinks a lower price for oil after Iraq is conquered will be better than a tax cut. After those comments (see Murdoch: Cheap oil the prize), a reader sent me Their master’s voice by Roy Greenslade in The Guardian, which reports that all 175 Murdoch editors around the […]

Media despots, tsars and henchmen bury media reform

By Noely Nate March 13, 2013 OMG! Australian Media Reform means the sky falling in, freedom of the press under attack, the Government trying to gag the media.  Growing anger at ‘Soviet’ media reforms, Gillard’s Henchman Attacks Our Freedom (great Mao photoshop on that one). My personal favourite is Press tsar to check standards from The Australian, our supposedly pre-eminent National paper.  Hell, even Blind Freddy […]

Howard’s blueprint for Abbott to stifle dissent

By Margo Kingston March 12, 2013 This chapter from Still Not Happy, John! (Pengiun, 2007) is required reading for activists and people in non-government organisations which advocate for change. John Howard’s government systematically sought to stifle democratic dissent with the help of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). Believe it or not, the Howard government […]