A former Victorian editor of The Australian newspaper has been accused of biased reporting by outgoing Office of Police Integrity director Michael Strong.
On Friday, in one of the most extraordinary editorials ever seen in Australian journalism, the Herald Sun claimed in a straight-faced manner that it had not run a "vendetta" to get rid of former Victoria Police chief commissioner Simon Overland.
A report released this week reveals a trail of misinformation, secret deals and media manipulation by a ministerial adviser that in part provoked the resignation of Victorian Police Commissioner Simon Overland.
Today media writer Margaret Simons provides a forensic breakdown of the OPI report tabled in Victorian Parliament this morning entitled Crossing the Line.
Sometime in the next couple of months, probably in August, the Victorian Office of Police Integrity will release its report on the complaint that Police Commissioner Simon Overland made against his deputy, Sir Ken Jones. Media leaking and media conduct will be at the heart of that report.
The Victorian Ombudsman has found that Police Commissioner Simon Overland was solely responsible for the release of assault statistics he knew were bodgie just before the Victorian election.
A lack of police understanding about newspaper production schedules was apparently behind the premature publication by The Australian newspaper of information about an anti-terrorism operation. Margaret Simons details the long-awaited police report.
It is clear that the Melbourne Storm salary cap rort was allowed to continue by News Ltd and its senior management because of inadequate governance.
What’s next in the torrid business of The Australian, the rest of the media, the Victoria Police and the Office of Police Integrity? Cameron Stewart's source may well be charged.
Hedley Thomas responds to Margaret Simons' story Vendetta journalism? The murky story behind The Oz, the OPI and Overland published in yesterday's edition.