A column by journalist Glenn Milne in The Australian newspaper sent Prime Minister Julia Gillard into a frenzy. She responded by moving in plain sight, as well as behind the scenes, to censor the media. It is fairly clear that figures within the Labor Party threatened a change in ownership laws to strongarm the Murdoch organisation into killing the Milne column. Shortly thereafter, Milne was sacked as a panelist on a television show of the government-run Australian Broadcasting Corporation. At the same time, senior Labor politicians and the nation’s de facto government, The Greens, have proposed a Stalinist-like system in which all news would have to be approved by a government censor before it could be published. Seriously! Think that you live in a free country that has freedom of the press and free speech? Dream on.
September 5, 2011
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