The release of Breaking the News coincides with a time of intense public debate about the relationship between politicians and the media.
BREAKING THE NEWS, PRESS KIT (PDF DOWNLOAD).
CANBERRA PREMIERE, 24 AUGUST 2012 (PDF DOWNLOAD).
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THURSDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2011
Media7’s Russell Brown interviews Director Nicholas Hansen
TVNZ New Zealand, Media7 Series 7 Episode 11 (Russel Brown Blog 'Truths Well Told')
6TH OCTOBER 2011
Reporting on East Timor
ABC Australian Network, Newsline, Reporter: Sarah Jaensch (transcript )
Note: This ABC media package is a self serving piece, which attempts to generalise pivotal criticism of ABC employees, within documentary Breaking the News.
ABC, The World Today Alkatiri alleged to have recruited armed group 8 June 2006.
Eleanor Hall interview with reporter Liz Jackson
In 2007 Mari Alkatiri threatenned to sue the ABC for defamation.
Alkatiri to sue ABC for role in downfall 7 February 2007, SMH, Lindsay Murdoch
"Mr Alkatiri said yesterday that even before prosecutors in Dili, told him on Monday that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing, he had instructed lawyers in Australia to prepare legal action against the ABC over the program "Stoking the Fires", which was broadcast in June last year.
The program, which focused on power struggles in Dili, won a Gold Walkley, Australia's top journalism award, for Liz Jackson, Lin Buckfield and Peter Cronau.
"The ABC damaged my image, my family and my party," Mr Alkatiri said by telephone from the East Timorese capital."
Peter Cronau on the “massive failure of Australian journalism.”
Reporting from the bottom of the heap
reportageonline.com, 26 June 2012
Peter Cronau has spend most of his journalistic career doing investigative stories. Trying to dig out what hides under the surface and bring this to the attention of his audience.
“However, and there is always a however. Some of the fundamental questions in the nature of our society don’t get addressed and the biggest failure of Australian journalism and obviously international was the gullibility of the Gulf war and the invasion of Iraq,” he says.
In hindsight some might say that if we knew then what we know now, that there were no weapons of mass destruction, it would have been different. Peter Cronau is just not sure how true this is.
He says that there were many people at the time pointing out the lies that were being told by leaders here and overseas. But the media did not give them adequate access.
“They were marginalised and in fact sometimes actively put down and really pushed to the margins,” he says and continues.
“That’s a massive failure of Australian journalism.”
Drawing the Line
ABC 4 Corners, 17 March 2014
By Marian Wilkinson and Peter Cronau
”If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don't want to hear.” George Orwell