The Australian government announced the terms and conditions of its media inquiry. It will examine the Press Council’s powers, technological advancements, and the ability of media to act in public interest. Ray Finkelstein, QC, a former Federal Court judge, will lead the inquiry. With Dr Matthew Ricketson as Professor of Journalism at Canberra University. This inquiry will investigate.
The effectiveness and efficiency of current media codes of conduct in Australia. Especially in light of technological changes that are leading to the migration from print media to digital media and online platforms. The effect of technological change on traditional media organizations business models, including how these activities can support and diversified in a changing media environment.
Methods to substantially strengthen the independence and effectiveness the Australian Press Council, with special reference to the handling and complaints. All related issues that concern the media’s ability to operate in accordance with regulations and codes and in the public interest.
The inquiry was launch in the wake the phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s News International. It comes after Prime Minister Gillard claimed that Murdoch paper The Australian had violated all known standards for journalism by publishing false information about her. These are expert opinions on the terms of reference.
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We welcome any examination of alternative media models that could enhance Australian journalism quality. While newspapers will continue to the core of quality investigative reporting and quality journalism for some time, other media models are need for diversity and democracy. The second term of reference is the tax deductibility of donations to non-profit journalism centers.
Brian McNair, Professor of Journalism Media and Communication, Queensland University of Technology. As it evolved since the phone hacking scandal, my impression was that legitimate concerns over ownership concentration in Australian media were being confounded with what I would consider to be politicised complaints about criticisms of The Australian government.
While you have valid questions about media ownership in Australia, this is being misunderstood with concerns about News Limited. News Limited was anti-government and debate was inappropriate.
This is a violation of the principle that a free press allows citizens to criticize the government in whatever way they want. You can’t force a government to limit the criticisms of government, as long as they aren’t breaking the law. While you can try to counter it, it is not possible to stop it from happening. You must allow a free and independent media to express its opinions.
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The terms of reference seem to have been changed. It now looks at technology’s impact on the business model. This is a real concern. How do you defend quality journalism when the traditional advertising-supported model or print business is under pressure?
This is a legitimate concern for government to consider, in order to support the industry and maintain the quality journalism in a democracy.
Concerning the effectiveness of The Press Council, I don’t know if there have been many complaints about the Australian Press Council.
There are legitimate questions regarding codes of practice. How do you handle privacy, damage, and libel? Are media more likely to defame or violate the privacy of people now that they have Wikileaks? Maybe that is something we should reconsider.
There is obviously an attempt to avoid any direct reference to News Limited or bias. If the government seeks to restrict free speech or comment in a free media. I believe it is on a dangerous path.