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Panpa Bulletin : May 2006
NEWS News appoints Rafferty Ms Amanda Rafferty, has been appointed NSW Sales Director, News Limited Regional Newspapers. In announcing the appointment today, Ray Atkinson, Direc- tor of Sales, News Limited, said that Amanda would bring con- siderable expertise to this role having previously represented the Rural Newspaper group, the Victorian Mighty V newspaper network and The West Australian to the Sydney advertising market. Amanda was most recently a sales group manager with News Limited's Regional sales office in Sydney. Her appointment is effec- tive immediately. She will report to News Limited's group advertis- ing sales director, Tony Kendall, to News Limited's Regional newspapers advertising management team. News Limited Regional newspapers are published in 5 of Australia's top nine regional markets and include The Gold Coast Bulletin, The Townsville Bulletin, The Cairns Post, The Geelong Advertiser and The Centralian -- Alice Springs. News Limited Regionals in NSW also represents News Limited's leading rural newspapers The Weekly Times and Tasmanian Country. But apart from these potential advances, press freedom went backwards as a result of a raft of anti-terrorism laws that impede freedom of expression, freedom of association and free- dom from arrest and detention without due cause, and reintroduce Sedition as an active law. While the CPU regards these as local issues to be dealt with by local media practitioners, it did send the federal Attorney-General a reso- lution passed at the Sydney biennial conference last February, con- demning retention of Criminal Libel in Australian law. This was done in the belief that criminal libel is being used increas- ingly by despotic leaders in less developed countries as a means of muzzling a critical press. The CPU believes the presence of such laws in developed countries like Australia gives legitimacy to these laws elsewhere. Criminal Libel in Australia is moribund, and should be ex- punged from the statutes. Most recently, East Timor signalled its in- tention to enact Criminal Libel laws. The CPU in 2005 continued its support for journalists and edi- tors under siege in several African, Asian and Caribbean countries, and stepped up its training programmes to help improve journalistic standards. The financial contribution from Australian Section mem- bership funds is crucial for continuation of these programmes. Once again the Australian Section was able to finance two up-and- coming journalists to participate in the CPU's Harry Brittain training fellowship. They were Lee McDougall, editor of the Coffs Coast Advo- cate (APN News and Media), and John Rolfe, then chief of staff of The Daily Telegraph (Nationwide News). They reported their six week's stint in the UK will prove invaluable for their future career develop- ment. We hope our financial position will allow us to send two more candidates to the UK this year. Australian membership remains at high levels. However, I implore those who have not yet paid their 2005/2006 dues to do so at the earli- est opportunity. I would be remiss not to extend special thanks to Gai Andrews at PANPA for her secretariat assistance throughout the year, and wel- come John B. Fairfax as the Australian Section's new Honorary Treas- urer following the death of long-time Honorary Treasurer Kerry Packer in December. Warren Beeby, Chairman, australian Section CPu two steps forward, one step back 61 | PaNPa bULLETIN May 2006