Federal

May 1, 2012

Simons: review says Finkelstein got regs diagnosis right, prescription wrong

The Convergence Review Report has effectively concluded that Ray Finkelstein got the diagnosis right but the prescription wrong when he recommended statutory regulation for news media.

Margaret Simons

Journalist, author and director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism

The Convergence Review Report has effectively concluded that Ray Finkelstein got the diagnosis right but the prescription wrong when he recommended statutory regulation for news media.

Instead, the review recommends that the industry be given another chance to get serious about its self regulation — while the Fink’s Big Stick remains hovering in the background. A statutory authority such as that recommended by Finkelstein “should be an option of last resort available to government … an industry-led approach … is more likely to produce immediate results and a better long-term solution”.

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2 thoughts on “Simons: review says Finkelstein got regs diagnosis right, prescription wrong

  1. Patrick Grant

    Dear Margaret

    Please refrain from your cliche ‘the Fink’. It is annoying and unbecoming.

    Patrick

  2. Charles Richardson

    In a sense this is just a terminological issue, but I don’t see how you can possibly describe it as “self-regulation” if media outlets don’t have a choice about it. If membership of the regulating body is compulsory, then somebody is compelling them – you can’t compel yourself. That “somebody” is ultimately going to be the government, and then you’ve got government regulation, albeit at a level or two removed. To me, that’s the line in the sand that decides whether you have genuine press freedom or not.

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