It is through the media that most Australians are kept informed about most of the things that affect them.
And the rights of the media are a reasonable reflection of the rights that individuals can expect to enjoy.
I don’t think there is much dispute now that secrecy and censorship of what we are allowed to know has reached troubling levels.
Thousands of emails detailing a campaign to allegedly promote pay TV piracy by a News Corp subsidiary have been taken down from a document hosting site in the US following correspondence with lawyers for the media giant.
The not-for-profit organisation DocumentCloud removed the emails after News Corp and its subsidiary NDS said the emails contained “confidential and trade secret information”. Many of the emails are still available on the afr.com website.
The emails appear to contradict denials from NDS chief Abe Peled and News Corp chief operating officer Chase Carey that News Corp sought to use pay TV piracy to undermine its rivals.
On Saturday, NDS – which has confirmed the authenticity of the emails through legal correspondence with The Australian Financial Review and DocumentCloud – asked that they be removed. – Australian Financial Review, April 2012