Posted July 12, 2019 14:47:33Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the Australian media to be more open and transparent as the government seeks to overhaul the nation’s media industry.
Mr Turnbull said the government was committed to providing “a more open, accountable and accountable Australian media sector”.
The Government’s new Government-funded media reform strategy commits to creating a new Australian Media Industry Council and establishing a national industry code of conduct.””
The Australian Media Reform Strategy 2016-2020 commits to an Australian Media Act, which recognises the importance of open and competitive competition in the media market, to ensure Australian media remains competitive and free from political interference.”
“The Government’s new Government-funded media reform strategy commits to creating a new Australian Media Industry Council and establishing a national industry code of conduct.”
These measures will ensure that Australian media is not controlled by a small handful of powerful media companies and the Australian public is empowered to hold them to account.
“The statement from the Prime Minister said:”We will not allow a media industry that does not operate in the public interest to control the news and information we deliver to Australians.
We are committed to ensuring that the Australian people have access to accurate, up-to-date, and up-front information about our Government.
“It comes after a spate of scandals involving some of Australia’s most prestigious media outlets, including the Herald Sun and the National newspaper.ABC news director general Mark Scott has also been suspended from the company and sacked.
Mr Scott is the first journalist to be sacked in the history of the ABC and his firing comes less than two weeks after he stepped down from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Mr Turnbull has also vowed to restore the ABC’s reputation after years of allegations that it had suppressed or suppressed stories critical of the Government.
Mr Murdoch’s News Corp has also stepped up its attack on the ABC.
A number of senior ABC journalists and senior executives have been arrested for alleged offences, including one ABC journalist, and a number have been jailed.
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