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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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Press Council chair recuses himself from News Corp adjudications

Press Council chair Julian Disney will no longer adjudicate complaints involving News Corp, after a campaign against him.

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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: 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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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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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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Convergence Report lands, but media groups just couldn’t wait

Even before they could be sure of precisely what it contained, many of those who claim to speak for the press in Australia were lining up to damn the Convergence Review released today, writes David Salter.

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The West goes one-out on self regulation — more to follow?

The announcement late last week by the owners of The West Australian that they will resign their membership of the Australian Press Council has interesting ramifications, writes David Salter, veteran journalist and former Media Watch EP.

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Press Council, richer but disunited, still the best regulatory option

After long and delicate negotiations, it was announced Australia’s major publishers had agreed to greatly increase the funding for the Australian Press Council.

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Simons: I don’t like media inquiry’s call on enforced self-regulation

There is a point of view, represented in many of the submissions to the Fink, that the bad things about a free media are simply something we must put up with, in order not to throw out the free press baby with shitty bathwater of media misconduct.

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Complaints to Press Council double — so will it beef up?

Those who are inclined to write off the Press Council might be given pause by the fact that the number of complaints it receives has doubled since October.

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Media inquiry: Disney calls for Press Council funding to be doubled

The federal government’s print media inquiry concluded on Friday with a wide-ranging discussion about possible sanctions for breaching Press Council standards, including the imposition of fines or compensation payments of up to $40,000.

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Holmes: The circus inside the media inquiry

A furious John Hartigan, outgoing CEO and chairman of News Limited, faced up to the media inquiry in Sydney yesterday. But the real winner from this inquiry is Press Council head Julian Disney, says Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes.

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Media inquiry: straw men aside, News emerges as Mr Nice Guy

News Limited CEO John Hartigan and group editorial director Campbell Reid appeared before Ray Finkelstein and made it clear that they are willing to support better self-regulation.

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Dear Julian Disney — you hear cacophony, I hear community

Yet again we’re being told the internet is a frontier that needs closing — this time by the Press Council.

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Simons: Disney defends Press Council on day two of inquiry

The likelihood of a strong move to discourage abusive online comments threads in mainstream media outlets emerged at the media inquiry today, with inquiry head Ray Finkelstein and Australian Press Council Chair Julian Disney agreeing they were damaging to democracy and freedom of speech.

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Cracking the code and regulating the wild west of online media

Several weeks ago Crikey, and our publisher Private Media, promised our own internal code of conduct. Here it is.

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Press Council shakes ‘poodle’ tag with new suicide reporting standard

The new suicide standard will lead to some changes in standard newsroom practice, where for years the general rule has been that suicides are not reported at all.

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Simons: News Ltd internal review will include ‘independent oversight’

The internal audit of editorial expenses announced by News Limited CEO John Hartigan yesterday will include “an element of independent oversight” following conversations between the Chair of the Press Council, Julian Disney and News Limited executives.

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The Press Council enters its Disney era

The funding of the Australian Press Council has been under debate lately, and the incoming head, Julian Disney, says the body needs secure and long-term funding.

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