Freedom! Is there any word more abused than this in the debate about politics and media standards? From Rupert Murdoch, his editors and commentators and the ubiquitous IPA, the rhetoric of 'freedom' is now ritually used to forestall any examination of media power. This American style hand-on-heart eulogising of freedom reached a crescendo recently with the failure of the Gillard government's media reforms. Having gone as far as sending its own representative to make a submission at the Senate hearing into the legislation, the IPA predictably released a statement welcoming the ditching of the reforms as a "victory for freedom of speech in Australia". (more…)
independent media inquiry, commissioned by the federal government and headed by former Federal Court Justice Ray Finkelstein, journalists have been running around like headless chooks, doing everything but addressing the real issues. (more…)
fruitless battle with the Howard government to win access to the budget lock-up in Canberra. Despite producing what was unequivocally journalism, Mayne's operation was deemed not to be a media outlet. It's a snub our newly digitising established media companies might want to consider. (more…)
ABC Radio's Saturday Extra took that angle recently, in an item entitled 'Newspapers and the Media of the Future'. Norman Swan, standing in for regular host Geraldine Doogue, explored the issue with a single guest - Steve Allen of Fusion Strategy, a representative of the advertising buyers. (more…)
The Herald Sun. (more…)
Given what the internet (and bad management) has done to the legacy media business, it's understandable that some journalists are defensive about ventures outside the mainstream. (more…)
- "There is common ground among all those who think seriously about the role of the news media and about journalistic ethics that a free press plays an essential role in a democratic society, and no regulation should endanger that role": Opening words of the 468-page report of the independent inquiry into the media by former Federal Court Judge Ray Finkelstein.
- Labor Plan to Control the Media: Headline on Australian Financial Review's front page splash on the Finkelstein report the following day.
the inquiry - to be led by former Federal Court judge Ray Finkelstein - will focus on print media regulation, including online publications, and the operation of the Press Council - a body generally considered to be next to useless. This is akin is calling an inquiry into the liquor licensing board in Capone-era Chicago. Until you tackle the gangsters running the show, the Keystone cops appointed to police the precinct are going to prove plod-like in their pursuit of wrong-doing. (more…)
Annabel Crabb has contended, whether this is merely "aggressive" reporting and that the government's response to it is paranoid and misguided. (more…)