Australia’s media is back-snapped broken — but don’t expect the most concentrated media industry in the world to fix itself, writes founder and publisher Dave Donovan and managing editor Michelle Pini.Why Australian journalists are at war with their audience
An election campaign gaffe has entered an incredible ninth day in the headlines, say the organisations that create those headlines.
Opinion pieces across major mastheads said it was astonishing that we were still talking about the slip up well into the second week of the campaign.
“This happened more than a week ago – that’s an eternity in politics. But yet somehow it’s still all over the news,” one report headlined ‘Why the gaffe is still in the headlines’ read.
One news outlet, which will run a special two-week anniversary lift out special about the gaffe, said it was amazing the story had persisted so long. “I’m not sure how or why, but we’re somehow seeing a new story about this nearly every day”.
The outlet will also publish a special report tomorrow called ‘How the media covered the gaffe’, followed next week by ‘How the media covered the media’s coverage of the gaffe’.
We seem more concerned about the freeing of an Afghan soldier who killed 3 Australians than we do about Australian soldiers accused of criminally murdering Afghan innocents. Something suggests we don’t regard Afgan lives as quite the same? Given we recently saw the status of the Afghan army can he legitimately even be called a deserter?
Hekmatullah killed three Australian soldiers while they were playing cards in 2012 He spent seven years in prison in Afghanistan, but was transferred to Qatar last year during US-Taliban peace talks He was released from custody when the Taliban retook Kabul in August, and his whereabouts cannot be verified
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- Major newspapers feature “censored” front pages to show the impact of government secrecy
- It follows a television campaign launched on Sunday night
- Media organisations want greater protections for journalists and whistleblowers