Jun 6, 2012

Toothless tiger? Press Council bites hard, says News boss

Fining newspapers or forcing them to publish a right of reply when they are found to have breached standards would be a fundamental attack on free speech, according to News Limited’s editorial chief.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Fining newspapers or forcing them to publish a right of reply when they are found to have breached standards would be a fundamental attack on free speech, according to News Limited’s editorial chief.

Campbell Reid, News Limited’s editorial director, told a forum in Sydney today that the current sanctions regime — which forces papers to publish Australian Press Council adjudications in a prominent position — is tough enough to keep journalists honest.

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9 thoughts on “Toothless tiger? Press Council bites hard, says News boss

  1. Gocomsys

    Sydney Morning Herald publisher Peter Fray said that “opinion polls” show journalists are not trusted.
    One certainly does not need useless opinion polls to know that. Its extremely obvious.

    No wonder the major culprit is crying out:
    “A fundamental attack on democracy, according to Limited NEWS editorial chief.”
    The Australian, the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun and all other Limited News tabloids are assisting daily in cementing these public opinions. It’s also time to speed the demise of the dead wood print media as a whole I’d say.

  2. shepherdmarilyn

    What a bunch of cry babies they are.

    4 corners allow a ridiculous program go to air demonising refugees based on the word of one moron who has vowed revenge on refugees because someone once conned him in Indonesia.

    No facts were allowed to intrude in Sarah Fergusons’ crap
    ACA style program and she completely ignored the fact that her main target is not a criminal, he is a man whose entire family were brutalised by us for over 4 years and who were illegally trafficked from our country twice before being dumpes at the border of Jordan and forced to pay for escorts to Baghdad while war waged all around them.

    And now Matt Brown at the ABC continues the lie that he is a criminal of some kind.

    We are the criminals in his case.

  3. drmick

    If only they look at themselves and see that they are worse than anything the Nazi or Soviet mob could possibly dream up. Just look at the rubbish they threw at an individual; (Moore). They have done the same every day to Gillard. Pravda didnt do that to any US President. Goebbles went after a whole ethnicity. Maybe if they employed journalists instead of ratbag churnalists? we will never know.
    Close them down.

  4. Hamis Hill

    A more fundamental attack on democracy is the palace eunuchs of the press, the unelected and unsackable politicians of the Fourth Estate arguing that they above any law that constrains their freedom to be absolutely unaccountable.
    In this ambit claim to be beyond civil law the Fourth estate most closely resembles, in its actions
    and arrogance the Third Estate- The Church,
    The best example is “compurgation” where priest judges priest and the Capital Christian crime of child abuse avoids the punishment of the civil courts.
    This is obviously what the fourth estate wants and by way of conclusion, in more ways than one,
    the notorious failure of the press to protect, through public denunciation of the guilty parties, the victims of priestly perversions proves how perverted and destructive of democracy the fourth estate
    are in policy and practice.
    The Courier-Mail, when other outlets were breaking this scandal, notoriously printed nothing on the local perverts, pretending in a very church-like fashion that such things just could not happen in QLD.
    The Fourth Estate is doing to democracy what its role model in the third estate does to vulnerable children, make no mistake, The stake is not good enough for these traitors, in fact the punishment
    is to be cast into the sea, with a millstone attached to their necks to make sure they never rise again.
    Since death is the penalty for treachery against the nation two birds of very related feather could be
    gotten here with one civil law stone.
    If these characters like a bit of fundamental extremism here is an example of just what they are
    asking for. Fighting fire with fire!


    What a shock. “News” Corp believes that denying the freedom of a Right of Reply is “…a fundamental attack on free speech”. Curiouser and Curiouser – News Corp in Rupert’s Wonder Land again. (Apologies to Lewis Carroll.)

  6. Michael de Angelos

    Peter Fray confuses love with trust. Surely he knows the difference.

    I think everyone has missed the point.
    Lord Leveson mooted that perhaps what is needed is a libel tribunal that can be accessed by the ordinary punter, libel being basically the preserve of the rich at present.

  7. izatso?

    @Hamis Hill more power to your pen, I wish I could write similarly. I hope to see more posts from you. CYA, but……

  8. Zarathrusta

    Newspapers are not free speech. Like commercial radio and commercial TV they are paid speech. Someone pays to put their agenda up and spray it everywhere. That’s what they are for.

    Usually that’s advertising and that’s OK, but sometimes its cash for comment and often implicitly controlled editors following the tycoon’s party line.

    Let’s wake up! We don’t have a right of free speech in Australia but we do have a concept of it. Free speech is the ability to say what you like, it should not be falsely argued to be the right to amplify your comment so strongly you drown out others’ comments just because you are rich or own a news network.

    True free speech would be ensuring that moguls do not get any more chance to have their utterences heard than anyone else on the street.

  9. Maroubraman

    The comment from Campbell Reid, News Limited’s editorial director, says it all:

    “An editor and a newspaper absolutely hate to devote space to somebody else’s opinion.”

    Yes Mr. Reid, we know. But it isn’t just differing opinions that most editors find annoying. We all know the media motto: “Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.”

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