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The fourth estate under scrutiny

11 October 2011

Peter Clarke talks to Margaret Simons and Tim Dunlop about the federal government’s media inquiry and the fallout from the judgement in the Andrew Bolt case

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Federal communications minister Stephen Conroy, who announced the media inquiry last month. Kim Davies/Flickr

Federal communications minister Stephen Conroy, who announced the media inquiry last month. Kim Davies/Flickr


In the first Inside Media podcast from Inside Story, Peter Clarke talks to journalist and academic Margaret Simons and blogger Tim Dunlop about the federal government’s independent media inquiry, headed by former judge Ray Finkelstein, and the issues raised by Justice Mordy Bromberg’s judgement in the Andrew Bolt case.

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Articles by Margaret Simons

Media inquiry can work if politicians keep hands off content

Media inquiry: big winner is the Press Council

Bolt decision: “Irresponsible journalism illegal”? Think again

Article about the media inquiry by Tim Dunlop

An inquiry that ignores media ownership is pointless

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