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Panpa Bulletin : February 2010
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Phone +61 417 709 099 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.dianastowers.com 2010 could be your biggest year ever! Get your team off to a flying start! www.panpa.org.au Daily wins Net freedom battle A MAJOR Australian daily newspaper has won a vital battle with its local state government over freedom of speech on the internet. A combination of outrage at the editor’s desk, in the newsroom and among read- ers forced an embarrassing back down by a government that wanted to police political comments on the internet and force fines of up to $A5,000 for transgressors. More than 1000 readers on the website of The Advertiser in Adelaide, posted comments in protest against moves by the South Australian Parlia- ment that were compared with “draconian laws of Nazi Germany”. The state Parliament had passed legislation to impose fines of $A1,250 on individu- als and $A5,000 on organisa- tions that posted political comment on the web within 25 days of an election but failed to provide their full name and address with each posting. The move was widely in- terpreted as an effort to quell comment by bloggers and those who post their views in the feedback areas of The Advertiser’s website, adelaid- enow.com.au . On the day the story broke, comments flooded into the website and then they sud- denly stopped at 9.15am. It turned out the site’s new comments engine could take only 1000 comments on one topic! The Attorney-General who had promoted the legislation, Michael Atkinson, had earlier described the adelaidenow websites as a “sewer of crimi- nal defamation”. Editor Mel Mansell came out strongly against the legis- lation in editorials. His news team then wrote a front page story that re- futed a suggestion by Mr Atkinson that one resident did not exist because the identity was falsely created on the Net. Quite obviously from the Page 1 photo, he was very real. It was a major embarrass- ment. When Mr Atkinson backed down, he said his intention had been to inject honesty into political debate. The law would have af- fected not only News Ltd’s adelaidenow site but other web destinations that pro- mote political debate, such as The National Times, owned by Fairfax Media, and The Drum, recently launched by the national broadcaster in Australia, the ABC. PANPA came out against the legislation, and its state- ment is available on its website. CMYK + + + ◗ RETAIL WEDNESDAY,FEBRUARY 3,2010 WEATHERHUMID.SHOWEROR TWO .31̊ $1.10 (GST INCLUSIVE) adelaidenow.com.au A GREAT FRESH NEW FOOD & WINE LIFTOUT MasterChef ’s Matt Preston joins Atkinson backs down on law to censor the internet LATE NEWS LATE NEWS:: From the feedback we’ve received through AdelaideNow, the blogging generation believes that the law... is unduly restrictive. I have listened. I will immediately after the election move to repeal the law retrospectively. It may be humiliating for me, but that’s politics... - Attorney-General Michael Atkinson FREE TO SPEAK Y,F RETAIL WEDNESDAY INS IDE TODAY I’MFORREAL:AaronFornarinodisplayshisdriver’slicenceoutsideAttorney-GeneralMichaelAtkinson’selectoralofficeyesterday. Picture:MARKBRAKE DEREK PEDLEY BRYANLITTLELY Conti nuedPage 12 ATTORNEY-GENERAL Michael Atkinsonlast night made a ‘‘hu- miliating’’ backdown and an- nouncedhe wouldrepealhislaw censoring internet comment on the state election. At 10pm, he released a state- menttoTheAdvertisersaying:‘‘I will immediately,after the elec- tion, move to repealthelaw retrospectively.’’ Soonafter, PremierMike Rann posted on Twitter: ‘‘AG has listened. So no debate will be stifled.’’ The extraordinary backdown followed Mr Atkinson’s flawed defenceof thelawonradio 5AA earlierintheday. He said the newlawwas necessarybecausepeoplesuchas AaronFornarino, who regularly posts comments on Adelaide- Now, were LiberalParty plants. ‘‘I’ll give youan example; re- peatedly in the AdelaideNow website,onewillseecommentary from AaronFornarino ofWest Croydon. That person doesn’t exist,’’hetoldthe station. But MrFornarino does exist. Editor Mel Mansell . . . fought a strong campaign Fiji to issue new media decree F IJIAN journalists are braced for a new media decree that may end almost a year of censorship of the nation’s newspapers, TV and radio. The nation’s best-known newspaper, the Fiji Times, owned by News Corporation, will be excluded from consultation on the decree, government officials confirmed to the association. The Permanent Secretary for Informa- tion, Lt-Col Neumi Lewenias, advised The Bulletin that the Fiji Times would not be consulted “unless and until they change their partisan policy and editorial posi- tions towards the nation-building efforts that are now under way”. The Fijian government will also exclude Fiji TV, which is seen to have resisted government influence. Another PANPA member, the Fiji Sun, will be part of the process that may result in an end to censorship, or temper it. The consultation process will be a meet- ing “to hear how the media industry in Fiji could contribute to the nation’s progress”, Lt-Col Neumi Lewenias said. In April 2009, the Fijian military-backed interim government, led by Commodore Bainimarama – in what was arguably the fifth coup in Fiji – proclaimed Public Emergency Regulations and placed gov- ernment censors in every Fiji newsroom. Professor David Robie, director of the Pacific Media Centre (PMC) and conven- or of P M C’s Pacific Media Watch project, is sceptical of any change that would end any form of censorship. “It is doubtful whether there will be much relaxation that a free media could take heart in. The best outcome could be the lifting of the direct censorship,” he said. This is a reference to officials who enter the newsrooms each evening and approve, or otherwise, pages before they go to press. The conflict between the government and media focuses on journalists’ de- mand for press freedom and government insistence on what it believes is editorial responsibility to the nation. Censorship began after a 2008 Anthony Report that heavily criticised media and belittled journalists as “lazy” and claimed they did “little research”. “Journalists have little training ... are not paid well,” it said. “The high staff turnover generates problems related to continuity and institutional memory.” Fiji Sun CEO Peter Lomas, told The Bulletin on email that retaining staff was a challenge. “Because of past coups, Fiji has lost many of its most experienced lo- cal journalists. They mainly migrated to Australia and New Zealand. “As a result, we don’t have the depth of experience the news media here once had,” he said. Reflecting on the impact of censorship, Mr Lomas said: “One of the things to change was that reports about the Gov- ernment are now more balanced. “Now, all reporters have to get the Government’s side of the story before they can run reports about issues involv- ing it. That’s pretty basic stuff but it wasn’t always happening.” Mr Lomas’s acceptance of the censor- ship regime might be seen as pragmatic given his predecessor, Russell Hunter, was deported for disrupting “peace and stability” through his paper’s reporting of alleged tax irregularities of a minister. Professor David Robie said he was sym- pathetic to Mr Lomas’s position, claiming “a systematic approach by many interna- tional media, especially those in Australia and New Zealand, is to misrepresent the developments in Fiji”. Though he added: “The regime has been misguided in imposing censorship, and using the press as whipping boys.” The general manager of the Fiji Times, Anne Fussell, (a PANPA director) refused to comment. Rebecca Leaver NPA Fiji Sun editor Leone Cabenatabua with some of his all-female Suva news team at their office in Walu Bay, Suva. The Page 1 story that helped force a backdown by the South Australian Parliament The PANPA Bulletin | MARCH, 2010 | 5