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Australian Press in perilous state on World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, where the fundamental principles of press freedom are celebrated, Australia’s media is in its worst shape in years, the Australian Greens said.

“Australian commentators can be quick to point to China, or Turkey, or elsewhere in the middle east, as regions that do not enjoy press freedom, but the sad reality is that right here at home we have our own significant attacks on press freedom to contend with,” said Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Simple amendments would save media package

One day and two inquiries into examination of the media reform package, the Greens are not ready to throw the Convergence and Finkelstein Reviews into the dustbin.

"We have expressed concerns about the process and content of the media package proposed by the government on a ‘take it or leave it basis', however, parts of it have merit and should proceed," Australian Greens Communications spokesperson Senator Ludlam said today.

"Giving up on the reforms means the bullies have won.

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One year and two reviews later – media reform has been delayed long enough

The Australian Greens today urged the Federal Government to finally take action on media reform.

Greens communication spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government had sat on the Finkelstein report and Convergence Review long enough to produce a response.

"It is time the Government brought forward the full package of media reforms; a package that should promote media diversity and prevent further concentration of media ownership, protect the ABC and SBS, and promote community broadcasting.

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Greens act to protect public interest; Private Bill to implement Convergence Review test

The Australian Greens will introduce into Parliament this week a Bill to protect the democratic interests of all Australians by implementing a public interest test for changes in control of major media companies, based on that recommended by the Convergence Review and the ACCC.

"If we want to ensure that all Australians benefit from a flourishing, independent, diverse media landscape now and into the future, we have an obligation to start acting to protect that landscape," said Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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