"Engaging Responsible Media"

False Assumption Corrected

15 February 2014

On the 8th of February the Daily Telegraph in a report online about a 12-year-old bride referred to Dr Eman Sharobeem, Director of the Immigrant Women's Health Services, as a “leading Islamic health services counsellor.”
JMA wrote to the Telegraph to highlight a 2012 ABC report which described Dr Sharobeem as an “Egyptian Coptic Christian.” In response, the newspaper deleted the word “Islamic.”

Islam Wrongly Implicated in FGM Report

Sunday 12 January 2014

JMA wrote to a journalist about a news report published online by The Australian newspaper [link]. The report outlined the sad case of a nine-month old female child taken overseas to be ‘circumcised’ as alleged by police. The girl’s father was later arrested and “charged with aid/abet/counsel or procure female genital mutilation.”
The report, in the process of reviewing the problem of FGM, focussed exclusively on the Islamic faith. JMA posited that since the faith background of the child or her father were unknown at the time of the publication, the report wrongly implied that Islam was the motivating factor in the case.
The journalist conceded that some relevant clarification was omitted from the newspaper report but that the intention was not to implicate Islam in the procedure.

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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