Boss off the hook

A media enquiry is unnecessary, says Dennis Shanahan, because a Fleet Street culture is absent in Australia (“Not a time for the PM to bow to Brown”, The Australian, 15/7). But his employer will not get off the hook so easily: there are other serious concerns which this country shares with the U.K. and the U.S.. How much control should one corporation have over a nation’s information? When does the expression of editorial opinion cross the line into bias, distortion and propaganda? Is regime change a legitimate media objective? The big players’ refuse even to acknowledge the validity of these questions. This is proof of their urgency.

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