Public forum to scrutinise Finkelstein recommendations

13 April 2012

A public forum at the University of Sydney on the recent Finkelstein Inquiry into the news media will examine the outcome of the inquiry, scrutinising the politics of recommendations and whether they are likely to be successfully implemented.

The inquiry proposed a new statutory regulator to cover news across all media, expanding the range of likely subjects of regulation to include those who consider themselves "entertainers", the commentary, bloggers and other gate watchers. Next week's free panel discussion brings together views from across the political spectrum in what promises to be an entertaining and lively debate.

Panellist Dr Richard Stanton from the University's Department of Media and Communications says the inquiry's finding simply scratch the surface of what we see and hear in the media. He also believes the inquiry's recommendations are about increasing control because there is a misunderstanding in government about what the media does: "For the government it's about whether journalism and the media are doing the right thing but there's a bigger layer underneath.

"We're happy to say 80 percent of news is sourced by public relations but the question should be 'Who is behind that information being published as news?'."

Other speakers include:

Dr Tim Andrews, co-founder and managing editor of conservative website Menzies House. A former Vice President of NSW Young Liberals, Tim is current Treasurer of the Australian Liberterian Society and serves on the Board of Management for the HR Nicholls Society.

Andy Fleming, a Melbourne-based anarchist, Andy is author of the Slackbastard blog, featuring his political and social musings. He is a long time observer of the far right in Australia and internationally.

Dr Derek Wilding, director of Standards at the Australian Press Council. Derek joined the council last year to take up the newly-created role of Director of Standards. He will run the Standards Projects, an initiative that will, among other things see the Press Council review and modernise its existing standards.

Event details

What: Independent Media Inquiry and the Regulation of Online News 

When: 2 to 4pm, Monday 16 April

Where: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus. See map and directions 

Cost: Free

RSVP: Online registration essential

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