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Don't Blame Muslims
Nov 14, 2015: JMA wrote to Malcolm Farr for his article: "The worst thing we could do is blame the Australian Muslim community" (14/11/15). A responsible piece warning against scapegoating and guilt by association.
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.
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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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. 
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SMH deletes sharia prison article
Monday 16 May 2016
On Friday 13 May 2016 the Sydney Morning Herald published an article about sharia law in prison. The article included the following: “About nine per cent of inmates identify as Muslim (an increase of one per cent in five years) compared to three per cent of the general population.” JMA wrote to inform the journalist that the 2011 census figure was 2.2% and not 3%. The journalist responded with surprise that the one-year old article was in fact published and requested that it be deleted.
'Radical' Sharia in Australia
Friday, 4 March 2016
On February 16th 2016, the Daily Telegraph published an article about ‘radical’ Islamic speakers scheduled to attend a conference in Sydney. The next day the Daily Mail ran a similar story. Among a number of critical allegations reported was the alleged call to implement sharia in Australia. JMA wrote to both the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Putting aside the absence of the context in which the alleged comments on sharia by one speaker were originally made, it appears that the journalists may not have been aware that aspects of sharia (Muslim law) are already accommodated within the Australian context, e.g., halal food certification for the lucrative export market. The fear campaign around sharia is disproportionate and sensationalised; and not conducive to enhancing social cohesion. One journalist acknowledged that the organisers and speakers of the upcoming conference should have been afforded the opportunity to comment, while the other newspaper duly noted the relevant insights on sharia provided by JMA.
 
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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]
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