Australian news, and some related international items

Time for Australians to act on Murdoch media’s distortion of news

Murdoch media in Australia: malign but excisable,   Independent Australia, 9 sept 11, Alan Austin says that the Murdoch media network is a malicious influence on Australia — that the nation has a chance of eradicating.

Rarely is a nation faced with a malicious influence which it has the chance to eradicate. Such is Australia’s luck today with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, owner of The Australian, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, Melbourne’s Herald Sun and other ‘news’ outlets.

The Murdoch network in Australia has moved irretrievably away from being a legitimate news provider. It must go.

Essential to free enterprise and democracy is access to information free of distortion. Newspapers are free to say what they will in editorials and opinion pieces, of course. But news data must be untainted.

Most Murdoch publications now openly spruik for conservative politics. Not just in the opinion pieces, but news pages as well. The starkest examples are in the relentless campaign against Labor’s economic stimulus packages……

The Herald Sun is the largest circulation paper in the country. Readers pay for information. What they are sold instead is systematic deception. While international economists marvel  at Australia’s success in averting economic disaster as the GFC hit and while environmentalists applaud , the Murdoch media just lie about the programs.

Most Australian journalists honour the Media Alliance code of ethics . All twelve points are now routinely violated by Murdoch employees….

Several recent developments have marked Rupert Murdoch as the head not just of a network of unethical reporters, but of an organisation whose reporters engage in criminal activity .

News International in April this year admitted  liability and ‘apologised unreservedly’ to public figures for the criminal offences of hacking telephones in Great Britain.

These were not isolated acts by rogue reporters. Senior News of the World’s staff were arrested and charged in April. Other charges are likely. Ever since hacking allegations at the News of the World were first made in 2004 senior management has blatantly lied about what happened and what they knew.

Systematic lying by top management seems just as rife Downunder. Last year, Justice Stephen Kaye in theVictorian Supreme Court slammed  Murdoch executives for lying to the court….

The message was clear. News bulletins are to advance specific interests, not to inform citizens about issues “buzzing all around the country”. And that’s fine with Murdoch’s people.

For those who value integrity and the free flow of information, courses of actions are available. According to Bruce Guthrie, defeating News Corp  – which he did in court in 2010 – is not impossible.

[Demand action on the Murdoch press by demanding an Inquiry into Australia’s media. Sign the online petition here  or join the Facebook page here .]

We can refuse to buy News Corp publications. Writers and other staff can withdraw their services. Advertisers can withdraw custom. Consumers can contact those who advertise in News Corp publications and tell them we will boycott their products or services as long as they do so.

And we can tell our MPs we will not vote for parties which in government or opposition advertise in Murdoch outlets. The current federal Government has strong grounds  to do just this, but needs a nudge.

This is a campaign well worth joining by those who recall democracy and free enterprise as it once was. We might even win.


September 9, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, media

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