May 17, 2012

Simons v Oz … jail for C-Mail journos? …

In today's Media Briefs: ACMA squibs while Austereo squirms ... Simons: Oz revelations 'unremarkable' ... Front Page of the Day ... Journalists may face prison for identifying family and more ...

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.

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5 thoughts on “Simons v Oz … jail for C-Mail journos? …

  1. shepherdmarilyn

    Kate should be silent – the major so called finding against Thomson that was supplied by the dingbat Jackson WAS NOT TRUE.

  2. mike flowers

    “But that wasn’t enough to satisfy Thomson, who is a big fan of proper procedure and ethics”

    lol, you avin’ a laff?

  3. shepherdmarilyn

    Kate just can’t admit she got the fucking story wrong and relied on a lunatic with a 20 year history of destroying the HSU.

  4. truth trooper

    @Shepherdmarilyn. Thank you for this link – some truth at last.

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