Dick Smith: Open Letter To News Corp
[Dick Will be speaking in Queenstown on the 14th of
September along with Sam Johnson and Rod Oram
for further details visit www.tomorrows-business.org]
Murdoch Censorship Gives the Lie to "Freedom of Speech" Claims
I believe your personal campaign against proposed government media reforms is hypocritical as it is your organisation that is largely responsible for this reaction by our politicians.
You claim, “We are in danger of limiting the full reign of freedom of speech which we cherish and keeps our democracy on its toes.” This is, to put it plainly, claptrap. Your organisation constantly limits freedom of speech and even censors paid announcements when it is in your commercial interests to do so.
You say we shouldn’t worry about your organisation's dominance ofthe media as a diversity of opinion can now be had through digital media. Could you be referring to this type of opinion from a popular online site:
"The news industry is failing us; owned by seb‘-interested corporate media barons who put profit before principle. Today’s news is more interested in generating sensationalism and controversy than fulfilling its historic mission of educating the pub/ic and our democracies are in danger as a result. "
Never have truer words been said, but where can we read them in print?