"Engaging Responsible Media"

Yahoo 7 News changes “killed” headline

Saturday 31 May 2014

In a news report published online on 9 May 2014 by Yahoo 7 News the headline read “Saudi woman killed defying driving ban.” JMA wrote to Yahoo 7 to complain that the headline was inaccurate and misrepresented how the woman died.
The headline falsely implied that she may have been killed by authorities for defying the ban when in fact she tragically died in a car crash. The media company agreed to change the headline to “Saudi woman dies in crash.”

Sun-Herald Removes “invisible beings”

Saturday 3 May 2014

In the article “Meet the hijabistas” which first appeared in the Sun-Herald’s Sunday Life magazine on 27 April 2014, the following by-line was included beneath the headline: “Muslim women are no longer invisible beings behind their veils, with a new wave expressing their fashion flair.”

JMA wrote to the newspaper complaining that the sentence was problematic. The phrase “invisible beings” may have offended many women by perpetuating a negative stereotype of those who wear the veil. The paper agreed to delete the sentence online.

Harmonious Existence
Feb 16, 2013: JMA wrote to thank Emma Partridge for her report - a welcome contribution to responsible engagement of communities in the media promoting harmonious co-existence. "Ms Smith said those who thought of Islam as a religion that oppressed woman had probably never had a conversation or cup of tea with a Muslim woman."

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Peaceful Coexistence
July 27th, 2012: JMA wrote to Bernard Salt acknowledging his insightful analysis in The Australian on religion in the suburbs based on Census 2011. Particularly his comment on religious communities living harmoniously – a reality that is too often overlooked in the daily preoccupation with conflict in the media.


APC Rules Against Fairfax
SMH 16 September 2013: The Australian Press Council ruled that two passages published by Fairfax about Slater & Gordon "were so serious and adverse that the firm should have been given a reasonable opportunity to respond before publication." Slater & Gordon complained that "two statements in the report inaccurately and unfairly implied it was concealing the existence of a file about incorporation" or "delaying release of the file." The two articles were "about the role of Julia Gillard in the incorporation of the AWU Workplace Reform Association in 1992."

Media Watch Rapped
SMH, 28 September 2012: The Australian Communications and Media Authority ruled that Media Watch breached the ABC code of conduct by not giving a journalist the right of reply. Ironically, the 2011 segment in question had attacked The Daily Telegraph for running "blatantly one-sided" coverage "as the government's poll figures slide."

Alan Jones broke rules
The Age, 15 June 2012: ACMA finds Alan Jones' 0.001% greenhouse claim in breach but tossing the PM out to sea in a chaff bag not. Sydney radio station 2GB "was also found to be in breach on two counts of failing to comply with the complaints-handling provisions of the code."

ACIJ Finkelstein Forum
Tuesday, 20 March 2012, UTS
The Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at the University of Technology held a public forum to discuss the Finkelstein Media Inquiry report. The forum featured frank and vigorous debate between panelists: Professor Julian Disney, Peter Fray, Philip Clark, Paul Kelly and Anne Dunn and the audience.
Watch the video online [link]

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