This chapter examines the changes proposed to the current media ethics and regulation regime in Australia following a government inquiry by former Federal Court judge Ray Finkelstein. The inquiry was prompted by The News of the World phone hacking scandal in the United Kingdom, which resulted in that publication being closed down by its publisher, News International, and principal shareholder Rupert Murdoch. While finding no evidence of similar misbehaviour by journalists and proprietors in Australia, Finkelstein recommended the establishment of a statutory News Media Council, and the inclusion of online media outlets in this new regulatory regime. This chapter argues that such a regime is unlikely to come into effect, given that it will be opposed by media proprietors and working journalists alike, as well the Federal Opposition, and the taxpayer funded ABC, and that a government with low levels of political capital is unlikely to risk much of that capital in a fight with the media industries in an election year.
Harrison, J. (2013), "The World of News Since the End of the News of the World", Schwartz, M. and Harris, H. (Ed.) Ethics, Values and Civil Society (Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 57-79. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-2096(2013)0000009009Download as .RIS
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