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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Our SAM news website viewer stats for August 2007
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: independent media
August monthly viewing stats are here via this screenshot (which does not lie) and see comment below* for some curious pre APEC speculations about interference with our stats counter?

July 2007 - 7475

June 2007 - 9675
May 2007 - 9, 059

April 2007 - 12,087

March  - 6,684

February - 5,372

January -  2800


* Comment

For most of August 07 when we checked our daily statistics counter it invariably said we had 1, 0, 0, 1 etc "page views" for the preceding day. Yet our monthly total stayed up close to 9,000 views for the month (just under). This is simply impossible. If the daily report was accurate we had only 30 page views for the month but the monthly counter showed no such thing.

Then just as APEC kicked off 2 days ago 1st Sept 07, magically the daily counter seemed to revive and as you can see in the graphic screenshot above it was a decent 145 for the day on an upward trend. One does wonder what the authorities have been  up to with their well known cyber monitoring and one presumes of the media sector as per past decades re the govt broadcaster ABC.

We notice these suggestive reports of vigorous cyber intrusions by the intelligence agencies, which we don't necessarily criticise if it really keeps people safe but we do if they are causing a vandalistic nuisance to our daily counter, that is, legal democratic activity (speaking as a solicitor in NSW):

Concern over how AFP got comments, p7, August 2nd 2007 Sydney Morning Herald (seemingly offline)

and similarly

Wicked pedia: Vatican, CIA edit online entries - web - Technology ...

Security checks on children | The Australian

Secondly we need to clarify that Sydney Alternative Media (SAM) here, as it plays an increasing role in community media, has no legal or commercial or editorial relationship with Alternative Media Group (AMG) who publish the City Hub/Bondi View/Sydney City News, or IMC/SIM (Independent Media Centre/Sydney Independent Media).

Even so in the spirit of capacity building of community media generally we hope and trust these remain viable and effective in a robust and diverse sector.

Lastly, in our piece yesterday about lame duck president George Bush (which it might be noted still has until January 2009 to wield power -  represented by a yellow duck cartoon figure in chalk) we found the old axiom about doing media and promoting democracy to be true: A snot nose News Ltd security guard falsely claimed protection of the Privacy Act in a public street and sincerely offered to punch our editor if he took a picture of him or their building.

At Fairfax on the footpath next to Darling Park precinct the 4 scrambling security guards were far more professional, but also nervy with adrenalin after all the hysterical big brother security hyperbole by the federal and state govt. Never was a stick of kids play chalk so threatening to institutional power it seems. How ironic and magnificent that in the computer age that freedom of speech via stone age scribbling could be so subversive.

As an after thought we started scribbling "Iraq, Iraq, Iraq" much like the quack quack quack you would expect of a duck, and now fiction has resembled fact with GWB making a stopover there for 'a council of war' on the way to Sydney by 10 pm Tuesday 4th Sept 07 tonight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

My gratitude to the NSW Law Society and their membership card for their professional embrace which surely prevented excessive force in both cases ... in defence of democray no less.



Posted by editor at 9:02 AM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2007 11:05 AM NZT
Monday, 3 September 2007
Where's George Bush? Has anyone seen George?
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: corporates

Is he here at Sydney Town Hall ticking off Deputy Lord Mayor Cr Chris Harris who wants to 'cage him' according to a certain banner proposal?

Is he in the office of his US Citizen 'Kane' Murdoch checking the latest attack front pager about a group smaller than a football team that no one has ever heard of, which apparently costs $300M to deal with?

Maybe he's over at Rupert's rival Fairfax trying to shake their tree a bit after that nasty Alan Ramsey column on Saturday? I mean what a curmudgeon....

Maybe he went in to tell those disgruntled  Greenpeace, Caritas and other civil society groups [pdf link] they can stick their NGO media room on the ground floor of the Labor Council building in Sussex St?

Doggone it, where is the varmint? Centrepoint Tower or World Tower? Or maybe he's pondering community and sustainability somewhere with Microsoft, and Thales defence industry corporation named on the APEC flags down at Darling Harbour tourist precinct?

Is he taking a tour in a cheuffer driven Mercedes here, contemplating why we don't have the death penalty like Texas?

Quack quack, where is George the lame duck President? Everyone is waiting, some will offer bouquets some the unvarnished truth.

NSW Treasurer Michael Costa said on ABC radio this afternoon 'we are not about stopping peaceful protests'. Amen to that. There's plenty to worry about in this world.





Posted by editor at 8:31 PM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 6 September 2007 12:23 PM NZT
US President expected in Sydney soon ... quack, quack
Mood:  spacey
Topic: corporates

We notice

- only 4,000 out of an expected 7,000 APEC visitors are to attend Sydney CBD this week putting a red splash through elite hotel profits.

- Greenpeace activists have been charged with 'malicious damage' (like this writer back in 1999 for red paint on the woodchip pile, no conviction recorded) namely a paint slogan on a coal ship,

- lawyer Cameron Murphy in the Weekend Australian notes police are on a collision course with otherwise peaceful protesters,

- Kerry Chikarovski former Liberal Party leader in NSW says the security is very annoying and "over the top" on ABC radio this morning,

- PM Howard is sledging what he calls 'the mob' on YouTube of whom 250-500,000 protested against his Iraq war in Feb 2003,

- most others lament a wasted $300M on security for a vain ageing prime ministerial junket,

- NGOs have set up an alternative media room representing 20M supporters in APEC countries, and

- legal academic Dale Mills of Human Rights Monitors has 40 legal observers to help keep NSW police honest and non violent.

Meanwhile a 24 hour city watering hole coincidentally not far from APEC flunkies meeting at the Darling Harbour convention centre yesterday Sunday 2nd Sept, is making a strike against dangerous climate change

But drinking was the last thing on the mind of these Asian Australian people in George street in front of Sydney Town Hall




Posted by editor at 2:10 PM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2007 1:42 PM NZT
Sunday, 2 September 2007
Sunday free to air tv political talkies. Johns and Howard tell 'I took drugs/told lies my whole career'?
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: election Oz 2007

Picture: Recent press running in Sydney the biggest city and real star of upcoming APEC conference unfolding like a Raymond Chandler epic: Cops, drugs, killers (and that's just the politicians), civil strife promoted by vicious right wing press, helicopters, army bases. God knows what else. But we are struck by the similarities between John Howard (aka Rodent) and Joey Johns fallen star. Both sports tragics, both world beaters in their chosen field, both with serious moral worries. Whereas Joey admits he was a long time recreational drug user on a world class athletic frame, will Howard ever admit that he is a long time liar top performing machine politician?


Author’s general introductory note (skip this if you know this regular weekly column):



This is not a well packaged story. It’s a contemporaneous traverse of the Sunday television free to air political talkies indicating the agenda of Establishment interests: Better to know ones rivals and allies  in Big Politics and Big Media.



Indeed it’s the tv version monitoring task similar to what Nelson Mandela refers to here in his book Long Walk to Freedom (1994, Abacus) written in Robben Island prison (where he was meant to die like other African resister chiefs of history in the 19C), at page 208



“..newspapers are only a shadow of reality; their information is important to a freedom fighter not because it reveals the truth, but because it discloses the biases and perceptions of both those who produce the paper and those who read it.”



Just substitute ‘Sunday tv political talkie shows’ for "newspapers" in the quote above.



For actual transcripts go to web sites quoted below except with Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.



Media backgrounder 

The irony of the Joey Johns affair is not lost on the Big Meeja or this writer noticing the above mailout top right of the image on doorsteps through the inner city this weekend and costing million$. If Johns has been taking drugs for the last 10 years at the top of his sport, idolised by hundreds of thousands, isn't it a bit late to be doing mailouts? Hasn't the proverbial horse bolted in terms of social integration of drug use, and all that implies with organised crime, destroyed lives, and burden on the health budget? Is PM Howard's drug policies just another lie, another example of authoritarian populism to borrow a phrase from Quentin Dempster of Stateline NSW last Friday night. Education material but actually electioneering material?

Last week were sent these stickers by a confirmed Howard Hater:

As we watch the first of several shows namely Meet the Press with Peter McGauran soft selling his government's 'huge failure' of the Eastern Creek quarrantine system sending the racing industry into meltdown one gets the impression of deep anger in the community at being told bullshit, a culture of avoidance of responsibility for failure.

It seems the Howard Govt have taken the Carr Govt option of $2 billion in advertising over policy substance which always catches up with propagandists in the end, not least little news websites like this one. For instance crikey.com.au last week pointed out that according to the US White House press briefing the official residence of the PM is in Kirribili Sydney. But it's not as Crikey point out.  The official residence of the Australian PM is The Lodge in Canberra and we believe the main reason Howard doesn't use it is because he is now too old to cope with the travel of a PM for a whole big country and prefers to rest in Sydney.

Alan Ramsey, a fixture of the Canberra Press Galley drives the point home with a large acid piece in yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald about Bush and Howard as 'spent' political figures: 

Two dead men walking come to town

Finally, we've reached the pits. A sickening humbug of a Prime Minister genuflects to a parody of a US president rather than the anger and foreboding of the Australian people, writes Alan Ramsey.


Our advice to critics however is 'beware bites from a cornered rat'. Crikey again, carries last Friday the Morgan Poll with a 4.5% recovery for the Federal Govt back to 41% two party preferred (said to relate to share market correction and Coalitin alleged economic superiority). Similarly we are noting endless govt tv adverts on diverse govt messages, as well as Rugby League charity spin. That's hugely wasteful incumbency taking its corrupt pound of flesh off the taxpayer.

Illustration: Ward O'Neill, Sydney Morning Herald

Meet the Press




Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran eats a sh*t sandwich on equine flu economic disaster for horse industry due to quarantine failure, and refuses an independent inquiry into the same [investigating itself, as per PM interview last Friday].


Panel Maria Hawthorne AAP, John Stanley 2UE.


Nicholson animation is risqué leveraging poll jump after strip club beat up in the News Ltd press


Veteran now retired diplomat Richard Woolcott re Bush visit on APEC.  Notes Rudd voted against Iraq war. Confirmed this recently. Outcomes measure Saddam gone, not the intention of the invasion, Iran is dominant power now, massive destruction there and huge number civilian deaths, huge number of refugees. Very difficult with only bad options to deal with.


At 1989 initial APEC conference held in Canberra only about 12 countries involved, now 21. Pre eminent regional forum Australia participates in – congenial atmosphere, Japan US China and Australia as host. Useful work behind scenes. Plenty of work still to do, says compere Paul Bongiorno looking a bit fitter.



Transcript in due course www.ten.com.au/meetthepress





7 Weekend Sunrise, 8.35-40 am Riley Diary  -


Very good very insightful on Darwin shopping mall walk by John Howard. But first quite moving footage of Aboriginal kids hugging John Howard (even if not deserved?).


Vox pop friendly and hostile, including angry anti uranium protester. Water off ducks back for old veteran Howard, shows him at his toughest really facing his critics which will impress the Right. Quite apparent the less telegenic, ungroomed images were critics and  the friendlies were all so ‘nice looking’. That’s the shallow subliminals.


MR says Penrith mall walk previous week was much friendlier, a marginal.


Very amusing but also problematic footage of Chaser comedian and lithe stripper chasing after Kevin Rudd semi nude (the stripper not Kevvy turning at every chance to get the hell away).


APEC topic in Q and A at end: Climate change only aspirational target prompts compere Andrew.  Iraq surge, body count continuing Bush announcement in the next few says says Riley Riles. Sydney is very disrupted and 'not very free for the leader of the free world' – cute but also fair language, and brave comment.





Insiders ABC 2

Intro with good images of banners against pulp mill and weak Peter Garrett. Garrett interview from Tasmania, past caught up with the present.


Garrett claims opening of world’s best pulp mill by Visy in Tumut [we know a lot about his project, party in the Commission of Inquiry, totally different project not native forest].


Q&A PG mostly blather, hangs his hat on ALP policy ‘never changed’ [support pulp mill if world’s best practice – demonstrably not re Old Growth feedstock for a start, PG has always been a sleaze back to 1999 Sydney Town Hall meeting when he was at ACF and refused to attend.]


Parades his climate change advocacy, sledges Cousins ill informed.


Says ALP forest policy is a good policy that he supports – but its not a good policy.


Sledges Malcolm Turnbull as fed minister and Tasmanian process [but won’t use word Premier Lennon].


Any difference to Howard? Claims yes, ‘world best practice’ mill.  Big long procedural blather. Argues hand over to Chief Scientist by MT. Pleads for time to see latests documentation.  Claims best independent credible science is most important [but ignores best forest scientists as per their 2004 letter by supporting a pulp mill].


Will documentation MT getting be enough evidence base for PG/ALP? PG hedges on ‘all relevant material’, not all material on the website, always information exists in govt. Giving himself wriggle room. Court appeal in train – claims ALP not fully briefed, all public and other material. Reserve positon.


Moves onto whaling, whether navy intercept in Australian fishing zone. Claims difference actively surveil and monitor. See transcript.


APEC relevant forum on climate change.  Good line MT set bar low on pulp mill and Howard too high on climate change. UN FCC building on Kyoto. Turning up at its funeral? No G8 significant shift by USA. Howard dismissive of UN parallel process. Got to get on to reaching targets not


67% Australians unfavourable view of President Bush not Americans as such. Not a fan of Bush or his policies. Held the world back on climate change and Oz been part of it. Have to liberate the market to get on with it too. Been very obdurate.  If ALP wins you would seek environment. Up to Kevin but would love that job. Find the balance, always be tough, hope to be part of it.


Garrett was impressive hence the leading question about portfolio, but has a lot to answer for over sleazy ALP policy. Jim Middleton refers indeed to “wriggle room”. Akerman notes echo Rudd/Howard based on evidence forthcoming. Meglogenis – let it slide, caretaker position.


Paul Kelly soliloquy: MT critic of mill, Howard barracking for it, and big Liberal Party pressure for, so divided.  Unlikely to decide before election, any delay 100% be due to MT. Thinks MT stronger in Wentworth than most realize [tears for South African Jewery immigrants speech?].


Footage of Bush re meeting Rudd. PKelly thinks Rudd will be  friendly but firm to partially withdraw in a negotiated withdraw. [Covert meeting undemocratic] PK is salivating at wanting to be there.


Everyperson segment: 20 -30 year old professionals on environment – very skeptical of Turnbull and Peter Garrett, upcoming APEC should look at climate change coal use of China. Bit of friendly disagreement .


Discussion, Meglo notes govt average on polls is still flat lining at 40% primary vote.


Barry Cassidy and Middleton sledge lack of strategic sense of G8 protesters in Melbourne. [All reflects my paper on civil society groups sleep walking into a law and order trap - big ngo groups have pulled out to do a media room instead as per SMH



"A group of non-government organisations is setting up an alternative media centre instead of throwing its weight behind the protests. The centre will be staffed by Greenpeace, the Climate Action Network Australia, GetUp!, Tearfund, Caritas and the Christian World Service to give an alternative view of the summit."


Home page is http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/






Sunday 9


Coulthard looking into tough story of failed quarantine in equine flu scandal.


Oakes interview Robert McLelland Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister on Iraq mostly. Didn’t see much of it. Drug trade in Afghanistan financing Taliban and Al Qaeda. Competent, stolid persona, some good points about ‘weak’ Downer, agrees on other things.


Feature story on APEC protest and policing story. Dramatic footage of civil strife.


Heavily predictive of violence, lots of emphasis of police powers. Pip Hinman, Kerry Nettle, Police Chief Scipione, MUA rep in hushed tone Warren Smith, Barrister with NSW Civil Liberties Council


Fred Nile, a marginal fringe right winger not worthy of the air time.




This boosting of the $6 billion security industry as paragons, completely ignores this real Australian experience page 1, Sydney Morning Herald 12th Septemeber 2000 reporting on the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne that year where police thugs hurt protesters, with barracking by big centre right politicians dependent on corporation donations for their power.


which resulted 7 years later in this:


Bracks defends payout to injured demonstrators. 05/03/2007. ABC ...

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks says a decision to payout about $700,000 to demonstrators injured during violent protests six years ago was made based on ...

And the whole feature conspicuously fails to report police agent provocateurs in masks and carrying rocks in Quebec exposed by civil society as also reported by the SMH recently and other quality big media in Canada. That being said the .01% of deranged/egomaniacal protesters who cause violence are no loss to the peaceful protest march expected in their thousands.


Nice feature story here about cause related wild rockers in their youth, with some profound comments about shallow Australian society:

The Singing Priest
Father Themi was bass player in one of Australia's first pop groups — The Flies. But Themi — then a devout athiest and Marxist — had a vision of God that changed his life. He now works with some of the poorest people in the world, in the slums of Kenya, and he has been inspired by Mother Theresa to build schools, child care centres and teachers' colleges. more




Posted by editor at 9:33 AM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2007 8:39 AM NZT
Friday, 31 August 2007
Welcome to Singapore ... err Sydney, the junket destination of crony capitalism
Mood:  party time!
Topic: nsw govt

No spitting, no chewing gum on the footpath, no bikes out of place and no parking in loading zones either?  Everyone with short haircuts except for the forelock to tug? Too bad we are paying with our taxes for their junket.   These pictures taken 29th and 30th August 07 by this writer while distributing leaflets for a public meeting sponsored by green groups and to be held at University of Technology Sydney on Wednesday Sept 12th 07 about the NSW Govt's huge desalination project. The images seem emblematic of Sydney under the yoke of APEC but also the jack boot culture of same: Economic slaves one two three, grow the machine, feed the monster. Make the rich richer and don't question your fate.


Posted by editor at 9:05 AM NZT
Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007 9:20 AM NZT
Thursday, 30 August 2007
City clergy will protest bogus APEC, Civil Society leaders convene rival People's APPEC conference Sept 1
Mood:  special
Topic: human rights

Picture above: South Sydney Herald, no relation to Fairfax publications, circulation 21,000 home delivered, August 2007 cover with Reverends Graham Long, Dorothy McRae McMahon (a writer for SSH) and Andrew Collis all of the South Sydney Uniting Church.


Pictures above: flyer for People's APPEC, supporting groups obscured by photo flash include Aid Watch, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council .....Jubilee Australia ......The Commons Institute....Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA ....etc



Posted by editor at 8:54 AM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 30 August 2007 9:55 AM NZT
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
New Wentworth candidate, Alex Tees local solicitor
Mood:  chatty
Topic: election Oz 2007


Declaration: Tees is legal sponsor of this writer as a solicitor for our NSW practicising certificate, otherwise no other political affiliation.


Posted by editor at 11:12 PM NZT
Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007 12:19 AM NZT
Burmese dictatorship attacks political protesters: Greens
Mood:  sad
Topic: human rights
Australian Coalition for Democracy in Burma Inc
Media Release
28 August 2007
Howard must condemn Burma regime repression of peaceful protestors
The President of the Australian Coalition for Democracy in Burma
(ACDB), John Kaye, today called on the Prime Minister John Howard to
condemn the Burmese military regime for brutally repressing peaceful
protest in Rangoon and arresting over a hundred protestors.
Dr Kaye said *Last week, thousands of demonstrators took to the street
to protest hikes of  petrol and basic commodities prices and to demand a
return to democracy.
*The Burmese military regime responded with a brutal crackdown and
arrested over a hundred peaceful demonstrators.
*So far the Australian government has remained silent. Neither the
Prime Minister nor Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer have taken
a stand.
*Other democracies have voiced their concern.
*It is time Australia joined them and made it clear to the Burma regime
that this behaviour is unacceptable. We are calling on the Australian
government to halt all cooperation with the Burmese regime.
*Australia can play a useful role in pressuring the regime into freeing
all political prisoners, including Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,*
Dr Kaye said.
The ACDB will join with Burmese community in Australia to protest
outside Burmese embassy in Canberra.
Place: Burmese Embassy, Canberra
Time: Friday 31 August 12:30 pm.

Media Contacts:  John Kaye 0407 195 455;     Maung Maung Than: 0411 337

The ACDB is a cross party coalition of Federal and State
Parliamentarians committed to the restoration of democracy in Burma.

Posted by editor at 1:05 PM NZT
Sydney University attack on community media free press referred to NSW Ombudsman
Mood:  energetic
Topic: independent media

Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 10:51 AM
Subject: Complaint against Sydney University attack on freedom of press/community media May 2nd 2007

28th August 2007
Dear NSW Ombudsman,
Complaint against Sydney University for attack on freedom of the press/community media
As discussed with your inquiry staffer Penny, here is my email correspondence to Sydney University of May 3rd 2007 over abuse of power by their security in early May 2007 seeking to intimidate and oppress myself as the editor and reporter for www.sydneyalternativemedia.com news website.
There has been no response from Sydney University at all since early May 2007, well past the 6 weeks you advised to wait and see their response.
As a solicitor here in NSW I found the whole attitude and swaggering abuse of power quite disturbing in a democracy reporting a community media event publicly advertised rally I learned about via the ABC.
How Sydney University, the beneficiary of decades of taxpayer subsidies, thinks it can arbitrarily avoid transparency and valid community media reportage of protest against its administration, is quite a mystery and a really worrying development in our democracy.
I look forward to your response in due course.
Tom McLoughlin, solicitor in NSW
editor www.sydneyalternativemedia.com
Full report on the harrassment of SAM news site at the student education rally protest can be found here:
SAM reporter harrassed, evicted 'indefinitely' from Sydney University campus for reporting student public education rally
Mood:  down
Topic: independent media
Postscript #1
"Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 10:54 AM
Subject: NSW Ombudsman Auto Responder

Thank you for your email. 
It has been forwarded to an appropriate person for action. 
If your email was a complaint, it will be registered and assessed along with the other complaints that we receive today. 
This may take some time. 
You will be contacted again as soon as the assessment is completed."

Posted by editor at 12:54 PM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 August 2007 1:17 PM NZT
US video blog logger Josh Wolf jailed for a year for refusing to release protester footage
Mood:  down
Topic: human rights


Sydney Indymedia news website is down for maintenance.

This seems quite incredible given APEC is only a week away. Perth is effectively the primary IMC for APEC news now apart from my own humble news website here


SIM was also down for nearly 2 months prior to the controversial state govt election.    We have no idea why SIM is down but it does disempower the civil society sector to not have such a long standing indymedia website down. I have no idea if its been sabotaged, compromised or lacking staff. Maybe someone else knows. 

This writer was talking to a Chilean democracy activist at Addison Rd Community Centre on Sunday and he immediately assumed it was ASIO. Who would know.

Good to see posts at Perth IMC by long time effective organisers like Graeme Dunstan and his street theatre characters. Ghosts indeed.

Also there is the Canadian story of police infiltrators at Quebec which is a ripper, well sourced and very revealing - note they were masked and one was carrying a rock. APEC is definitely not a place "to rock". Anyone with such attitudes, not least the police, is not welcome here in Sydney.

In Feb 2003 250-500,000 peace protesters marched entirely peacefully. That's the democratic action we want. Others intent on public vandalism or mindless damage are NOT WELCOME. Like George Bush and Rice actually with their organised military industrial terrorism.

This writer was intent on not attending APEC wankery but on reflection think we should support the anti war march like in Feb 2003, this time in lawyer's suit and legal observer signage, and solicitor's card. At least to do a decent report for community media and gather evidence of any police misbehaviour - which does seem possible to justify their huge budget but should be avoided at all costs.

It would be a severely ethical dilemma if
SAM's editor saw evidence of protester violence. SBS Dateline reported a blogger who went to jail rather than give up footage of protesters to the FBI - the longest imprisonment of any media practitioner in the USA apparently - the story is curiously absent from their archive here http://news.sbs.com.au/dateline/index.php?page=archive

Here are google results for the jailed 'blotter' Josh Wolf here

The Blotter: Jailed Blogger Could Spend a Year in Detention

(US ABC network)

Personally this news website editor would find it pretty hard to go to jail for an idiot breaking a police van window, damaging the cause of the protest movement and our reputations, but you never know, depending on the journalism principle of protecting sources.

The time is approaching where reputable blogs, blots or whatever will need our our media union coverage which may or may not mean the official MEAA, which is might be noted shows no interest in helping over a fascist blacklisting of SAM's editor  from Sydney University campus for simply reporting a student education protest.

MEAA on the evidence to date are not at all interested in the community media right to know, only the Big Media with their big dollars.

Posted by editor at 11:46 AM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 August 2007 12:17 PM NZT

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