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Panpa Bulletin : April 2006
april 2006 PaNPa bUlletiN | 43 PAUL Fisher is the new national salesdirector ofNewsInteractive, the digital arm of News Limited. This follows his appointment as the head of integration for News Interactive last year. News Interactive managing director Nic Jones said Fisher would be responsible for driv- ing display sales revenue across News Interactive leading web- sites and brands, including NEWS.com.au, FOXSPORTS. com.au, careerone.com.au, cars- guide.com.au, homesite.com. au, truelocal.com.au, in2mobi. com.au and escape.com.au. "Paul has an outstanding track record in delivering results in media sales and management," said Jones." He will be leading the sales team at a pivotal time for the business; with online advertising experiencing 60 per cent year-on-year growth. His proven ability to develop strong working relationships and de- velop new revenue streams will be invaluable in positioning News Interactive as Australia's leading online publisher." Jones said Fisher would con- tinue to work closely with the News Limited mastheads, Multi Channel Network (MCN) and related News Limited compa- nies on key accounts to further develop strategies for advertis- ers. "It's a very exciting time for News Interactive, with broad- band technology growing to 4.6 million households in Australia," said Fisher. "The possibilities for our clients are endless and many Australians are yet to discover the true value of the internet. My goal is to make News Interactive the leading Australian publisher and increase our revenue share by providing advertisers with the most competitive advertis- ing packages in the business. "We are the only online pub- lisher that can offer advertisers with truly integrated packages with national reach across news- papers, television, magazines, mobile and the internet. Our reach will be further strength- ened by the upcoming launch of MySpace and IGN in Australia, opening us up to the very lucra- tive youth market. I am excited by the challenge and look for- ward to leading the sales team to providing a superior offering to agencies and customers." Fisher was previously group sales and business development manager with ninemsn. During his three year tenure at ninem- sn, he was instrumental in con- tributing to the first integrated offerings from PBL's stable of media businesses. MATTHEW Ricketson, who has headed the RMIT Journalism course since 1995 and is well- known for his commentaries on media issues, is joining The Age as Media Editor. Ricketson began his career on a local newspaper in 1981 and, after a cadetship at The Age, joined The Australian. He also worked briefly on The Sunday Herald before joining the staff of Time Australia magazine in 1989, He has worked as a general reporter, sports journalist, in the political field, as a chief of staff and feature writer. His research interests have in- cluded journalism ethics, media history, sports journalism and Australian satire. Fisher continuing at News Interactive ricketson’s new role “Paul has an outstanding track record in delivering results in media sales and management,” The World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Fo- rum have protested to the Egyptian government against the sentencing of a journalist on libel charges in a case that comes two years after President Hosni Mubarak prom- ised to abolish imprisonment for publishing offenses. In a letter to the Egyptian Minister of Information, Anas El-Fiqqi, WAN and WEF called for the libel charges and one-year jail sen- tence against journalist Amira Malash to be dropped. They called on the government to decriminalise press offenses and respect in- ternational standards of freedom of expression. egyptian journalist jailed The International Federa- tion of Journalists (IFJ) has hailed a recent Tokyo High Court decision as landmark in protecting media freedom in Japan. On March 17, the Tokyo High Court overruled an earlier Tokyo District Court decision, ruling that it was not illegal for a journalist to protect the confidentiality of a source even if that source was a pub- lic official. "Journalists must be able to ensure the confidentiality of their sources," said IFJ presi- dent Christopher Warren. "The importance of this decision can not be underestimated as it recognises and protects journalists' right to protect their sources." On March 14, the Tokyo District Court had ordered a reporter for Yomiuri newspa- per to reveal the identity of a source from an article pub- lished in October 1997 that claimed a US company and its Japanese affiliate had been re- quired to pay tax penalties in 1997 after being investigated by both Japanese and US tax departments. In response to the article, the implicated US company claimed their reputation had been tarnished by the US Gov- ernment leaking the wrong information to the Japanese tax authority and to Yomiuri newspaper and filed suit for compensation against the US Government to the Arizona Federal District Court. The Arizona Federal District Court asked the Tokyo District Court to investigate the news source. The reporter then re- fused to reveal the identity of the source. The Tokyo District Court ruled that journalists had no right to protect the confidentiality of their sources when their source is a public official. The Yomiuri news- paper then appealed to the Tokyo High Court. The subsequent overturning of the decision by the Tokyo High Court follows a previous decision by the High Court to confirm the right of a Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) reporter who was ear- lier found by a lower court not obligated to disclose a news source. The IFJ Tokyo office expressed its regret at the earlier Tokyo District Court decision, stating that such a decision restricts press freedom and hinders the public's right to know. "Nobody would cooperate with journalists and provide hidden information when re- porters were obliged to reveal their sources," said the IFJ Tokyo Office. "These two decisions by the Tokyo High Court clearly sup- port the principle and practice of confidentiality of sources in journalism," said the IFJ president. From Pacific Media Watch Online, http://www.pmw.c2o. org Court protects Japanese journalists