This is essential reading for those who value freedom of expression in Australia. The Finkelstein inquiry should be a dire warning to us all.
Former Federal Court of Australia judge Ray Finkelstein QC has handed down his report into the media which having a quick read seems to have been co-signed by Julia Gillard and Craig Thomson.
Make no mistake, it is a political document designed to protect corrupt politicians and dodgy policies from scrutiny and outing by the media. If The Fink’s recommendations had already been in effect we would not of heard about a lot of the dodgy dealings of the politicians because the reporting would have been closed down in record time.
The recommendations by The Fink would make any communist dictator proud.
When complaints are made against media organisations they will be denied natural justice and procedural fairness in their attempt to defend themselves against the compliant. Yep, you guessed it, just like a Kangaroo Court.
The new laws would also apply to bloggers so it is from this perspective that I mainly write about as…
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