This week’s Alliance Media newsletter demonstrates just how the union flexes it muscle on the big issues facing the media like the ABAs lame decisions and Janet Albrechtsen’s appointment to the ABC board -all while conducting their very own spoof awards:

  • Alliance Rejects ABA Findings – The Alliance rejects the ABA’s findings that the ABC breached its code of practice four times in its coverage of the Iraq War. The report, released this week, fails to recognise the vested interests of the complainant, Richard Alston, and the pressures that journalists face on a daily basis. Full story – Presenter disputes ABA bias findings
  • Call For Transparency – Following the appointment of Janet Albrechtsen to the ABC board, the Alliance has called the government to reform its closed-door approach to board appointments in favour of an open and transparent process. The appointment of the News Ltd columnist to the board of the national broadcaster generates a blatant conflict of interest that will not serve the public interest.
  • Orwell Awards – Voting is now open for the Annual Orwell Awards where the Australian media pays tongue-in-cheek homage to those that have obstructed freedom of expression, locally and internationally. Vote for your favourite press freedom villain at http://orwells.alliance.org.au/

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