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‘Bolt and News Corp want a pound of something’: defamation case kicks off

David Barrows, an accountant and recently graduated lawyer, is representing himself as he sues News Corp and Andrew Bolt. The case starts in Melbourne today.

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Media briefs: Nancy to Press Council … MEAA seeks chief … Digital revenues …

Kate Durham says she’ll take Gerard Henderson to the Press Council. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: eating roos … who wore it better … Lewis’ ABC? …

The Press Council’s ruling on that infamous kangaroo piece. And other media tidbits of the day.

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‘They don’t control us’: Disney takes on News

If the price of maintaining News Corp’s support is that the Press Council can’t be effective, it’s not worth having the money, the chairman of the Press Council told Crikey.

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Vindictive, self-serving tosh: the Oz v the Press Council a phoney war

They sky is not falling, and the Australian media world will continue to turn despite News Corp picking a fight with the Press Council.

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The Oz’s attacks on the Press Council put media freedom at risk

The Australian’s editorials have mused about leaving the Press Council, but News Corp can’t officially do so without four years’ notice. It could, however, gut the watchdog by undermining its authority. And that may well be the strategy …

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Media briefs: Disney abstains … exclusive watch … Blair unrepentant …

Press Council chair Julian Disney will no longer participate in complaints involving News Corp. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Then and now: The Australian’s changing tune on the Press Council

The Australian could never really be described as a fan of the Australian Press Council. But it has, in the past, been far more complimentary.

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Media briefs: the Oz hearts the SMH … Snowden the patriot … Jezebel wins …

The Oz continues to hate on the Press Council. And other media tid-bits of the day.

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Media briefs: Press Council v the OzJezebel and the pornbots … RIP Robin Williams …

Should media outlets pay any attention to the Jihadi PR machine? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Smelling an adverse ruling, The Australian turns on Press Council

The Australian has turned its particular brand of venom on Julian Disney, chair of the Press Council. Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter writes that self-regulation of the press is clearly no regulation at all.

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‘Considerable concern’: Oz in hot water over climate denial errors

The Press Council has handed down an adverse ruling against The Australian for a front-page article published in September last year that relied on a rapidly debunked Daily Mail story claiming the IPCC had revised down the rate of global warming since 1951.

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Higher standards for opinion writing as Press Council refocuses for digital age

Fact and opinion articles will be subjected to the same standards of accuracy and fairness under new Press Council principles to take effect from August 1.

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Media briefs: HuffPo eyes Australia … Forbes sells … enough is enough …

Forbes magazine has been sold. The Press Council wants a new chair. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: ‘Treachery’ spin … Tele defends its turf … Suicide in headlines

We think South Australia’s opposition leader isn’t happy… and other media tidbits of the day…

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Media briefs: what you can’t read online … Press Council v Tele

Why you won’t find today’s biggest story online, and other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: Viner’s out … Ten’s last shot … bitcoin unmasked …

Kath Viner to US, leaves Guardian Oz to Emily Watson … Ten’s last roll of dice on programming? … Can you spot the dodgy journalism? …

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Press Council breaches: SMH worst offender in 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald had five adverse rulings from the Press Council this year, more than twice as many as The Australian and The Age.

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Media briefs: Daily Mail launches in Oz … Kenny sues Chaser… SMH slapped

Be worried Aussie tabloids: the Daily Mail is launching online down under. That and and other media tidbits.

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‘Flawed and illogical’: Age ed blasts Press Council cardigan-wearers

The Australian Press Council found The Age breached reporting guidelines in its reporting on a union scandal. But editor-at-large Mark Baker is not taking the verdict lying down.

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Media briefs: Baker shamed … ABC groupthink … Ten’s ratings dramas …

The Australian Press Council has taken a whack at The Age for its reporting on the AWU slush fund affair. That and other media tidbits.

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Advertorials, undisclosed junkets in media watchdog’s sights

As media companies are seeking to cut costs wherever possible, the issue of journalists’ junkets has come to the fore. The Press Council is taking a closer look.

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Media briefs: rat-cunning … Ten goes old … Arrested review …

The Australian Press Council has cleared The Australian of breaching its principles when the newspaper ran a front-page cartoon depicting the Prime Minister and Treasurer as communists after last year’s budget.

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Press Council breaches: Herald Sun worst culprit in ’12

Who are the worst offenders when it comes to biased, inaccurate or unfair reporting? Crikey has trawled through this year’s Australian Press Council rulings to find out.

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Crikey Clarifier: are we on or off-the-record?

Jonathan Marshall found himself part of the Alan Jones story amid confusion over what publishing rules applied. Crikey intern Sally Whyte breaks down the journo code.

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