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Australia: stop the assault on our media

To Communications Minister Stephen Conroy:

Consolidation of media ownership in Australia is a threat to our democracy. We urge you to support the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Public Interest Test) Bill and similar legislative measures to prevent further media takeovers that narrow our public debate and threaten our democracy.

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A ruthless raid on Fairfax newspapers by Australia’s richest woman threatens to turn our media into a dangerous mogul duopoly -- with Rupert Murdoch and Gina Rinehart in charge. But this urgent threat to democracy is building the momentum for reform -- and now we have a real chance to save our media.

This week, the Greens are introducing a bill into Parliament to prevent media ownership changes unless they pass a public interest test. Labor Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is supportive of the idea -- but the media moguls are already attacking the proposal -- and without his support, the bill will die. But if we give Conroy our backing now, we can push Labor to side with the public and stop the runaway consolidation of our media.

The media used to serve the public as a check on government; now these corporate media barons are using it to control government. Sign the petition to Minister Conroy now to ensure Labor backs the bill to stop them and share this with everyone.

Posted: 25 June 2012

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