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Who’s Hacking Who?
Code: 236  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Historical Fiction, Feminism, Publishing Industry, Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics,
Sunday, May 20 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Mark Colvin, David McKnight, Robert Manne, Richard Aedy
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The phone hacking scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s British publications has thrown light on the methods used by some journalists to get stories, and raised important questions about what redress citizens (and even politicians) have when they are spied upon by the media. While the Leveson inquiry is likely to make findings on the extent of the phone hacking, and to recommend sanctions, how should Australian journalism deal with the issues of what’s fair in the pursuit of news? Mark Colvin, Robert Manne and David McKnight explore the options. They talk to Radio National’s Richard Aedy.



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Robert Manne (Australian)

Robert Manne is professor of politics at La Trobe University and a regular contributor to The Monthly. His recent books include Quarterly Essay 43, Bad News: Murdoch’s Australian and the shaping of the nation, Making Trouble: Essays against the new Australian complacency, Goodbye to All That: On the failure of neo-liberalism and the urgency of change (ed.) and W.E.H. Stanner: ‘The Dreaming’ and other essays (ed.).

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Richard Aedy (Australian)

Richard Aedy is an ABC broadcaster who currently hosts The Media Report on Radio National (RN) and Sunday Profile on both RN and local ABC radio. In an increasingly media-saturated world, each week The Media Report makes sense of it by talking to key players, examining contemporary journalism and charting the enormous changes of the digital age including concerns about privacy and reputation. On RN Richard has previously hosted Life Matters, The Media Report and The Buzz. He has worked with Independent Radio News, Radio New Zealand and the BBC.


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Mark Colvin (Australian)

Mark Colvin has been an ABC reporter and broadcaster for 38 years, working in radio, television and online. A foreign correspondent for more than a decade in the Eighties and Nineties, he covered Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A chronic disease acquired in Rwanda after the massacres of 1994 came close to killing him and eventually forced him off the road. Since 1997, Mark has presented the flagship radio current affairs evening program, PM.

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David McKnight (Australian)

David McKnight is associate professor and a senior research fellow at the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of NSW. Known as a political commentator and  historian, he is the author of three books including Beyond Right and Left. A former journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC TV's Four Corners, David also contributes regularly to the opinion pages of Australian newspapers.

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