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22 May 2009 |
are being hunted and jailed in countries such as Burma and Iran. In Western nations they are incurring the wrath of disgruntled mainstream journalists. The plight of St Mary's South Brisbane holds a useful metaphor for this crusade on free speech.
08 May 2009 |
Quality television for children is widely regarded as a good idea. But not all children's TV has their best interests at heart. The ABC3 kids channel, which could receive funding in next week's Federal Budget, is an important step, but may not address all concerns.
20 March 2009 |
Tolo TV is the most popular network in
Afghanistan. A young population enjoys its Indian soap
operas, racy by conservative Afghan mores. The Government tried to censor Tolo and another leading network. The latter bowed to pressure. Tolo refused.
06 March 2009 |
This week Compass celebrates its 21st birthday. In the fickle, faddish world of television that's quite an achievement. It's ironic that serious coverage of religion is being celebrated on ABC TV, while being purged from radio.
25 February 2009 |
The public response to the axing of The Religion Report and
other specialist programs late last year by ABC Radio National
management was astonishing. But the response of the ABC was abysmal. It is time to tell the whole story.
24 February 2009 |
Melbourne had the strange experience of reading and
listening to bushfire reports for five days while neither seeing nor
When the mind has no sensory leads to interpret, words become critical.
28 January 2009 |
On first reading how Quadrant was deceived into
publishing a spurious article, I laughed. My laughter, however, turned into sympathy, and even to apprehension. I recognised how vulnerable Eureka Street could be to such a high class sting.
15 January 2009 |
The controversy surrounding art photographer Bill Henson's images of nude pubescent children reveals how strongly in our culture runs anxiety about child abuse. As a media event his art has been confused with the commercial exploitation of children. (June 2008)
19 December 2008 |
It is apparently old-fashioned to expect to be primarily informed and engaged by a newspaper, yet that is what Melburnians loved about The Age. As a one-time Age columnist, I came in — and went out — at the turning point for that once venerable organ.
13 November 2008 |
India is very proud of the fact that it is one of the few Asian examples of a deeply rooted democratic system. Just ask them about it - they'll tell you. Australians too seem quietly smug. So it's surprising that we rank only 28th in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index.
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