4 Nov. 2007

Lip Service

Finally something all the media players can agree on: the Report
of the Independent Audit into the State of Free Speech in Australia
(PDF here) was commissioned by News Ltd, Fairfax, ABC, SBS, Sky News, AAP and others.

Fairfax CEO David Kirk says:
"We are not living in a dictatorship, but we are not living in a gold standard democracy. We are paying lip service to the principle of open government."
John Hartigan, chairman and CEO of News Limited, said the finding were "deeply troubling".

Who to blame, eh? Who to blame?