September 23rd, 2013: JMA wrote to commend an editorial by Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper titled: "Terrorist attacks an insult to Islam." The opinion piece highlighted an important truth that "with every act of violence and every hate-filled word do more to deface the religion in whose name they claim to act than any human being on the planet." A point ignored by some in the media.
April 13, 2013: JMA wrote to Trent Dalton about his piece in the Weekend Australian. Balanced and refreshingly insightful. An approach not often taken in coverage of issues related to Australian Muslims and citizens of Lebanese background.
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.
JMA wrote to the columnist about several issues in the article. In it he referred to the Catholic faith as “a controversial dogma.” JMA enquired as to how the PM might feel about his faith being associated with the phrase as well as the term “sneaky” which was also used. JMA also highlighted that the columnist singled out halal certification for scrutiny but did not state whether the federal government certification proposal should include kosher products or not. Finally, he inaccurately reported that the Grand Mufti of Australia was appointed by Muslims Australia. Mr Bolt agreed to correct the error and subsequently removed all online references including several negative imputations to the current Mufti of Australia.
Chris Uhlmann uses Anti-Islam Bait
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
In an interview with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on 17 December 2014 in the aftermath of the Sydney siege, ABC journalist Chris Uhlmann included the following claims while framing his questions: “… that significant minorities within them support and sympathise with violent jihadism?"; and, "that this is a religion that is resistant to scrutiny or criticism." He also asserted to the PM: “But you constantly say these acts had nothing to do with Islam? Surely they do.” JMA wrote to Chris Uhlmann complaining about the claims on the basis that they were firstly unfounded and secondly that the false generalisations may have vilified Australians of Muslim faith. JMA argued that the opposite was the case where there seemed to be a disproportionate and sensationalist preoccupation with scrutinising Islam and Muslims. Mr Uhlmann rejected JMA’s allegations.
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Tanveer Ahmed Sacked Again Feb 17, 2015, Daily Life: Psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed has been sacked as a columnist for The Australian after being exposed as a serial plagiarist. It comes just two years after he was released from Fairfax Media for poaching other people's ideas.
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."
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."
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."
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]