Simons v Oz … jail for C-Mail journos? …
Simons: Oz revelations ‘unremarkable’. A few weeks ago, we at the Centre For Advanced Journalism were advised that a freedom of information request had been received by the federal government’s independent media inquiry, seeking documents to do with the appointment of staff and researchers to assist Ray Finkelstein QC. A few pieces of email correspondence between me and the inquiry secretariat were caught up in that request, and I was consulted about whether I objected to their release. I had no objection, other than to a small item of information about a commitment I had on the day of my dealings with the secretariat. So the correspondence was duly released, with my consent.
It emerges that the person behind the request was The Australian’s Christian Kerr. Yesterday, The Australian ran a story about correspondence from the minister’s office regarding the appointment of professor Matthew Ricketson to assist Finkelstein. Ricketson has posted all the details of his dealings with Conroy’s office, and his full reply to Kerr’s questions on his Facebook page. It’s a non-story, so far as I can see. The headline perhaps should have read “Media Journalist Known to Minister”. Well, shock horror.
Yesterday evening I took a call from The Australian about the fact that I had had a role in finding research assistance for the inquiry. The resulting story is in the paper today — front page news, would you believe.
It’s another non-story, but in the interests of total transparency, the complete email correspondence (without the small detail regarding my appointment, and the name of a researcher who does not wish to be identified) is published here … — Margaret Simons (read the full story here)
Thomson just wants the truth told. The Sydney Morning Herald splashed with a front-page story this morning by investigative journo Kate McClymont, revealing that embattled former Labor MP Craig Thomson has declined Victoria Police’s offer to nominate those he claimed has set him up. Thomson — who will face parliament next Monday to finally speak about the Fair Work Australia investigation and its allegations — took his Twitter account to complain that McClymont had not gone to him for comment.
A multi-Walkley winning journalist, McClymont immediately offered Thomson the chance to correct the record regarding the Fairfax defamation case which Thomson chose to drop.
News Limited’s Samantha Maiden weighed in:
And McClymont offered one reason of why she may not have pursued the MP for comment:
But that wasn’t enough to satisfy Thomson, who is a big fan of proper procedure and ethics:
Last word to McClymont:
Dick’s fake PR to attack News Ltd. We don’t normally run press releases, but this surprising (and poorly formatted) release from News Limited CEO Kim Williams — via entrepreneur Dick Smith — is worth publishing in full:
In a surprise announcement, Rupert Murdoch has announced that The Australian newspaper will be re-branded to the more accurate, “The American”.
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