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Jul 6, 2012

Defence chiefs condemn News Ltd for naming slain soldier

Defence Force chiefs have slammed the decision by News Limited to publish the name of the Australian Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan this week, in scathing letters sent to editors and CEO Kim Williams.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

The Chief of the Army and the Chief of Australia’s Defence Force have slammed the decision by News Limited to publish the name of the Australian Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan this week, in scathing letters sent to newspaper editors and CEO Kim Williams.

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  1. Liz A

    Poor General Hurley, he is clearly deluded, linking the terms “moral obligation” and News Limited. Surely he realises that these two states are oil and water?

  2. NQAussie

    simply another `up you lot` from an organisation that is desperate for readers, who would come from the lot they have just insulted!

  3. MJPC

    If NEWS Ltd responded to the letters, was it in the format of the Leters to the Editor column, to exhibit to their esteemed readers the lack of moral fibre and compassion the editors of their rags have?
    Pardon the pun, yet more ammunition for Sen Conroy’s legislation into media.
    Funny how people said the phone hacking acandel could not be happening in Australia, yet repeated actions by News Ltd rags say everything to the contrary- any news at any cost.

  4. negativegearmiddleclasswelfarenow.com

    More Murdoch newspaper arrogance – whether it is this or Millie Dowler.

  5. Holden Back

    Small wager with self on the blame being put on some production schedule.

  6. Madonna Airey

    I’d prefer to suspend judgement until news limited’s reply is made available.
    Who knows if a journalist made direct contact with deceased soldiers family before releasing the article.

  7. Tyler T

    disgraceful but all too typical of News Ltds utter arrogance and lack of respect for any other institution

  8. Andrew McIntosh

    Not a good look in the eyes of News’s normally conservative readership, I would guess.

  9. floorer

    So the Army sends this guy into action for the seventh time, his number comes up and News Ltd is the one in trouble.

  10. David McRae

    If that was true Madonna Airy, I would expect the response from News Ltd to be near immediate as their defense is solid.

    Instead we have silence and I can only presume that there’s a platoon of lawyers and PR spinsters crafting a response to polish this turd.

    Like Holden Black, either production schedule or they may just go submarine like, go silent, disappear into the depths, and ignore it completely, safe in the knowledge nothing of consequence will come of it – bastards.

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