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Australians urged to back inquiry into Murdoch media ownership

Rupert Murdoch has been allowed to become an unchallenged dictator of public opinion…and has free rein to spread his ideological agenda promoting wars, climate deniers and xenophobia.

 But now the Australian Law Review Commission has recommended the adoption of new laws guaranteeing our privacy, and more and more voices are calling for a full inquiry on our media, including ownership concentration.

Gillard: Stand up to Murdoch, Avaaz, 11 Aug 11Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited controls 70% of what Australians read in newspapers every day — and dismal media regulation give him a free rein to hold politics hostage, manipulate public opinion, and even hack phones. But now we have an opportunity to change that…..Avaaz members in the UK won an amazing victory, helping stop Murdoch from buying over 50% of UK media. Now, he is beginning to feel the heat here — PM Gillard is considering a full inquiry into Australian media that could place News Ltd under closer scrutiny and control. But Murdoch wields massive political influence and key members of both the cabinet and the Parliament are wavering.

The PM needs people power behind her if she’s to get a majority to endorse bold action. Let’s urgently build an avalanche of public support for her to launch a comprehensive review of our media laws, clean up the media, and challenge Murdoch’s abusive position…

Rupert Murdoch has been allowed to become an unchallenged dictator of public opinion as inadequate safeguards allowed him to buy up more and more media outlets. Media here is among the most concentrated in the world. He now owns 70% of  Australian newspapers and has free rein to spread his ideological agenda promoting wars, climate deniers and xenophobia.

Australia’s press is asked to “self-regulate” but there’s a danger that with power concentrated in too few hands, and with most politicians too afraid to challenge the media barons,..

But now the Australian Law Review Commission has recommended the adoption of new laws guaranteeing our privacy, and more and more voices are calling for a full inquiry on our media, including ownership concentration.

Rupert Murdoch’s empire has acted without scrutiny or sanction for too long, but we have the power to hold him and other moguls to account. Governments in the UK and the US are putting Murdoch’s media under the microscope – it’s time for us to do the same. A comprehensive review of media ownership concentration and privacy protection is the best chance we have to hold an increasingly unscrupulous press to account.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_murdochs_monopoly/?vl

August 11, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, media

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