Topic archives: Finkelstein media inquiry

Fake news is not new, and a Senate inquiry into it would be a colossal waste of time

April 5, 2017 5

Lies, distortions and propaganda have been around for centuries, writes former SMH editor-in-chief and UTS professor of journalism Peter Fray.

The <em>Oz</em>’s attacks on the Press Council put media freedom at risk

The Oz’s attacks on the Press Council put media freedom at risk

August 26, 2014 3

The Australian's editorials have mused about leaving the Press Council, but News Corp can't officially do so without four years' notice. It could, however, gut the watchdog by undermining its authority. And that may well be the strategy ...

Then and now: The Australian’s changing tune on the Press Council

Then and now: The Australian’s changing tune on the Press Council

August 18, 2014 2

The Australian could never really be described as a fan of the Australian Press Council. But it has, in the past, been far more complimentary.

Minimalist media reform that only starts the job

March 13, 2013 4

Some expected Stephen Conroy to do nothing on media reform in an election year. He's done something -- but it's not much, and it may not pass Parliament anyway. The government's minimalist approach fails to address convergence.

Government’s media reform package plays it (very) safe

Government’s media reform package plays it (very) safe

March 12, 2013 5

Labor has finally delivered a blueprint on media reform. But there's not much to it, and it wants Parliament to pass it immediately. Stephen Conroy, frustrated by delays, is betting big.

Finkelstein then Leveson, stymied debate ‘deeply disturbing’

December 4, 2012 6

Recommendations for a government-funded media regulator were howled down in the UK just as they were here. One of the architects of the local proposals reckons the debate has been stomped on -- by the media.

What we know the government thinks on media regulation

October 25, 2012 6

Time is ticking for the government to act on media regulation. There's plenty of talk inside the government but nothing concrete is emerging. Could it all be too hard?

Media regulation stories out of bounds at Press Council

August 21, 2012 2

If you think a report is inaccurate, biased or unfair in its reporting on the findings of the Finkelstein inquiry or Convergence Review, don’t bother going to the Australian Press Council with a complaint.

News Ltd versus Gillard: a tale of two letters

July 27, 2012 4

Yesterday, Bernard Keane untangled some of the false arguments behind opposition to a public interest test for media ownership. Today, David Salter reviews the parallel campaign against content regulation.

Kim Williams: understanding the principles of broadcast law

July 20, 2012 2

David Salter's analysis fundamentally misunderstands the principles which have underpinned broadcasting legislation for over 80 years, writes News Limited CEO Kim Williams.

Williams on media regs: rhetoric replaces logic and the law

July 19, 2012 5

Kim Williams' speech dealing with media regulation were so utterly cack-handed, writes David Salter, veteran journalist and former Media Watch executive producer.

Media CEOs’ letter to government: ‘danger to free speech’

July 4, 2012 14

Media company CEOs have written to the government expressing concern about media regulation. Crikey has obtained the unpublished letter ...

How do we defend editorial integrity in the post-industrial age?

June 26, 2012 1

The situation of Fairfax Media, with three editors standing down in one day, make this a good time to think carefully about what journalists mean by editorial independence.

Simons: the bottom line … news or profitability?

June 8, 2012 23

There is a respectable point of view among those who analyse media businesses that the smart thing to do for serious news journalism is move to the political right.

Toothless tiger? Press Council bites hard, says News boss

June 6, 2012 9

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.

Ricketson to media: you’ve had your chance on self-regulation

May 18, 2012 14

One of the authors of the independent Finkelstein media inquiry says the Convergence Review's method of regulating the media won't work because non-compliant media companies can't be forced to join self-regulatory bodies.

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

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

May 17, 2012 5

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 ...

Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review: public and community broadcasting

May 8, 2012

The Convergence Review gives non-commercial media, including the ABC, SBS and community broadcasters, a nice deal on spectrum, the suggestion of access to more money, and a pat on the back for doing a good job.

Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review: content standards

May 4, 2012 1

How does the Convergence Review balance its deregulatory vibe with its assertion that content standards are still necessary, because the community expects them and because failing to restrict access to some content can do harm?

Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review: the principles

May 1, 2012 1

So the Convergence Review report is big -- very big, in number of pages and in implications.