Senate Inquiry into Media Diversity
Australia has one of the most concentrated news media markets in the world with the Murdoch controlled News Corporation owning more than two thirds of all news outlets. The US election has highlighted the need for truth in journalism and the need to call out unsubstantiated and false claims.
Before we head into another election period in Australia, we can now take proper look at the state of media diversity here and help protect a pillar of our democracy.
To protect our democracy we need greater diversity of media ownership in Australia. The Senate inquiry into media diversity analyse the impact that such a concentrated media has on our democracy and the public’s ability to access independent and reliable sources of news.
It’s been clear for some time that the business model for news media in the digital age is broken and this inquiry will investigate what the key barriers are for small, independent and new publishers in Australia. We will also look at the impact that global technology giants Google, Facebook and Twitter are having on the sharing of news in Australia.
Recently, half a million Australians signed a record-breaking petition calling for a Royal Commission into media diversity. The massive support for this petition showed just how concerned the Australia public is about the influence that media concentration has in our democracy.
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Public submissions will open soon and information about how to submit is available on the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee website.