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Old 07-26-2004, 06:27 PM   #1
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The ABC and censorship

I dont know if anyone watched 'Media Watch' last night, but if you didn't there was one story on it that really concerned me, here is a rundown of events.

For years the ABC archives department has made available news stories to documentary etc makers to use in their work, such as a news item with Gough Whitlam talking about being sacked for example. So cut to now and a documentary maker making a doco on refugees to be distributed to schools and church groups is being refused access to a couple of news items featuring Phillip Ruddock and John Howard talking about refugees and the children overboard incident. The head honchos at the ABC (and from what I remember are appointed by the current government of the time) are saying that things have changed and that film makers from now on must have written consent from the people shown in the items, if they are to handed over. So this woman ( who in the past has received news itmes from the archives department for other docos) has to get consent from Howard and Ruddock to use a news item which contains words that they said in a public forum on her doco. The ABC has gone on to add a clause in their policy in regards to the distrubution of such items wihch is very subjective as to what constitutes the 'right' kinds of groups etc that can have acess to these items wihout the consent of the parties involved.

Now all of this to me sounds like censorship and going against freedom of speach to me. Does John Howard want us to end up brain washed citizens who are not allowed the freedom to make and interpret political and current affairs topics objectively?????

I was glad that David Maar and the Media Watch crew brought this to the attention of those watching, it disgusts me that the ABC is preventing this woman access to these items and it disgusts me the lengths that it appears that the current government is going to, to cover up their past f-ups. It's a good thing that people like myself dont forget......

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Old 07-26-2004, 08:10 PM   #2
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The survellaince act changed a few years ago and now you do need the permission of people in films before being able to use the film.

We used to take footage of dodgie workers comp claimants to try to stop their claim. The act was amended and now to take footage of people they have to be advised BEFORE they are filmed. Not a good idea for workers comp claims.

This is why there are signs in shops that state "you may be filmed". That way if they do take footage of you in the shop by survellaince or otherwise, you have been prior warned and by entering the store you have deemed to giving your consent to be filmed.

no consent = no footage

Having said that, I agree, Howards a wanker

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Old 07-26-2004, 09:24 PM   #3
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Give me a sodding break, the auntie is second only to SBS in being the chief haunt of socialists and latte lefties. Having said that, it is unfortunate that they are the only two stations that provide any decent measure of news without a bunch of mass media crap and human interest stories.
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Old 07-26-2004, 09:55 PM   #4
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Howard is playing the media pretty well. The prospect of media ownership laws changing, hand in hand with the FTA, is a big golden carrot in front of the current media owners in Australia. Don't think it's not having it's effect...
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