"News Media Council" - Big Brother’s Media Watchdog Threatens Freedom of Speech in Australia06/03/2012 11:39
Source: The Australian
The independent Media Inquiry commissioned last year by the federal government has proposed the creation of a national watchdog that would keep watch on the conduct of all media outlets in Australia - print, broadcast and online.
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According to Inquiry chair Ray Finkelstein, establishing a state media eye that will be funded by the national government would hopefully improve the media profession’s professional and ethical practices.
With a state regulator that would be empowered to bring erring media firms to courts, journalists are expected to perform "their roles skilfully and diligently," Finkelstein said.
The new state body, should it materialise, would be called the News Media Council and would draw a yearly budget of $2 million from Canberra, the inquiry report said, which Communications Minister Stephen released on Friday.
Senator Conroy’s office had indicated that the Finkelstein report was submitted to him Wednesday.Yet the review concluded that its proposed News Media Council would have the power under the law to act on complaints about news and current affairs in print, online, radio and TV.