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Finkelstein Report: Volume of media vitriol in inverse proportion to amount of evidence

Volume 18, Issue 2

October, 2012

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Tiffen, Rodney (2012). Finkelstein Report: Volume of media vitriol in inverse proportion to amount of evidence. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(2): 37-40.
Author(s): Rodney Tiffen
Publication date: 
September, 2012

Commentary: After all the overheated rhetoric over the Finkelstein Report, it may be an anti-climax to know that the key issue is the right of reply, or the right of redress, to those who feel they have been misrepresented in the news. Such processes are now done through self-regulation by the Australian Press Council, while the Finkelstein Report sees this as insufficiently effective and recommends a government-funded statutory agency.

Image caption: Existing press councils ... 'a system of accountability where those being held accountable can walk away or threaten to reduce funding whenever they wish is by nature very weak.' - The Conversation.