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Greens urge Labor’s media inquiry to ‘take on’ Murdoch press

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Greens leader Senator Bob Brown welcomes Labor’s announcement of an independent inquiry into Australia’s print and online media as part of the Convergence Review.

SENATOR Bob Brown has announced that while he is pleased Labor’s independent media inquiry is at arm’s length from the parliament, the Murdoch media still needs to be taken on to ensure opinions are not mixed with news.

“Where people are wronged by the media… they need to be able to get rapid redress and they need to be able to feel safe,” he said.

“I’d like to see that upheld and I think most decent Australians would as well.”

However Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has made it clear that the inquiry will not address the issue of media ownership, as the Greens have been pressing for.

“I don’t need an inquiry to establish that the Murdoch press owns 70 per cent of newspapers in this country,” he said.

“The Convergence Review is looking at the broader question of platform neutrality.”

Monash University Head of Journalism, Professor Chris Nash, said the Greens have had a “gut-full” of the Murdoch media negatively projecting and discussing them with no punitive action from the Press Council.

“For bias, it’s not even a slap on the wrist,” he said.

The inquiry will provide its findings to the Convergence Review early next year.

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