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The IPA explains the meaning of BIAS!

apcThe IPA explains the meaning of BIAS!

The Australian Press Council has jumped into bed with the Marxist mob, GetUp .

This is more than a general problem about the independence of the Press Council. GetUp! has run a series of campaigns which demonstrate how inappropriate it is for the Press Council to join up with it.

Head of the Press Council joins forces with GetUp!

The Australian Press Council “is responsible for promoting good standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest, and freedom of expression through the media.”

The Press Council holds itself out as an organisation dedicated to high standards of integrity, and as an independent arbiter of complaints relating to media in Australia.

So it’s of great concern to see that the head of the Press Council, David Weisbrot, has agreed to be a board member of a new activist litigation fund being established by the left-wing advocacy group GetUp!

This is more than a general problem about the independence of the Press Council. GetUp! has run a series of campaigns which demonstrate how inappropriate it is for the Press Council to join up with it.

Here are three of the most recent examples:

1. The campaign against the repeal of section 18C

One of the most important things the Press Council should do is to argue in favour of freedom of expression. The media simply can’t operate if free speech is restricted.

There are many current laws which make it unlawful to say certain things. Yet GetUp! has run campaigns against the restoration of freedom of speech, including the campaign against the repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. It celebrated when the former Abbott government’s modest reforms were shelved.

2. The campaign against the appointment of Gina Rinehart to the board of Fairfax Media

Last year, Gina Rinehart purchased a large minority stake in Fairfax Media. She indicated an interest in becoming a board member of the media company. GetUp! saw fit to involve itself in the internal operations of the company, running a campaign aimed at “stopping Gina Rinehart exerting editorial control at Fairfax.”

3. The campaign against News Corp Australia newspapers

During the 2013 federal election, GetUp! published a video campaign against newspapers published by News Corp Australia. The campaign was centred on the editorial line taken by papers such as the Courier Mail and other News Corp Australia mastheads.

If Weisbrot was not involved with the Australian Press Council there would be no problem with his association with GetUp! But given the positions GetUp! has taken on issues that directly relate to his position as head of the media watchdog, he must immediately disassociate himself – with one or the other of these two organisations.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Robert TG 10/12/2015, 6:06 am

    The Australian Press Council is part of the Ministry of Truth since 1984

  • Lorraine 10/12/2015, 7:14 am

    sorry there is no Truth, Truth comes last P,C is the mantra of the day.go leftie go

  • bushwanker 10/12/2015, 8:02 am

    I suspect some Soros ‘filthy’ money is involved here. How much do board members of the Get-up fund earn ? Anyone can be bought if the price is right and Soros has form for doing just that..

  • Joe Blogs 10/12/2015, 9:01 am

    Gramsci’s long march through the institutions.

  • Gregoryno6 10/12/2015, 10:26 am

    This would be more of a concern if the Press Council had any credibility to lose.
    As it is, what we’ve got here is what the Yanks have got with BHO in the final phase of his Presidency. “I don’t care, I’ve got nothing to lose; say hello to the real me.”

  • Albert 10/12/2015, 1:23 pm

    Don’t you just get fed up with these tin pot councils who speak with such great authority when in fact they have no credibility whatsoever. Just read a declaration from Time magazine that would have to be the greatest piece of stupidity – for the past two day at least.

    They have just named that foolish German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Woman of the Year for, of all things, her handling of the recent Muslim invasion of Europe.

    • Lorraine 10/12/2015, 4:17 pm

      Yes I too if as stupid as Gillian Triggs or Angela Merkel could be honoured with woman of the year chosen by a leftie for lefties sake. This is the very best the left can do. I am so proud to be a right thinking Australian with very old fashioned views , especially on weather,, politics, and Men and now on Muslims a race that has to be beaten, shame really they are so inbred that are unteachable, unemployable ,and the major victim of our land, then their is the Black cousins the other victims, again the unteachable and unemployable. welfare is their game

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