Scott Balson: Journalist & Author: Murder by Media:
28th April 2003
was born and raised in Tanzania and went to school
in S Africa. I immigrated to Australia in 1986 to
come to the "lucky country". I have had
my own business, Interactive
Presentations Pty Ltd, since 1991, see www.gwb.com.au
1986 I established the first on-line daily newspaper
which ran for five years and beat Packer and Murdoch
by at least three years.. My main business is the
development of web pages for small business.
What do you think about freedom
of the press, or lack thereof in Australia, and why?
are only two families who enjoy real freedom of speech,
and one of them is not even Australian. How sad. Freedom
of the press in Australia is a misnomer as the press
and its entire operation is controlled, with an iron
fist, by these two families.
is the worst case of trial my media that you know
by media takes place all the time. As one who has
personally faced this Australian phenomenon I can
assure you that it is not pleasant being verbally
bullied by a quasi-government institution especially
as you have little or no recourse through a rich man's
answer your question, I would suggest that the current
pursuit of our Governor-General is one of the most
stark examples of a media beat-up to suit the agenda
of a few powerful men. One has to look no further
than the cover up surrounding "shreddergate"
- a uniquely Queensland phenomenon to understand how
sick and biased the Australian media is. This issue
which, if pursued, would see heads roll in Queensland's
state government has been covered up by our local
do you think about "chequebook journalism"?
on who is getting paid and what for. If it forms some
sort of compensation for someone who has been duded
by the system - no probs. If it is a payment to some
"sicko" whose outrageous behavior lands
in financial reward then it is wrong - but typifies
the sensationalizing way the Australian media works.
60 minutes do the right thing, and how was Tara Brown's
Tara Brown? I don't watch 60 Minutes. It is an appalling
current affairs show with glitzy presenters, a dishonest
producer (see the book "MURDER BY MEDIA"
and biased reports wrapped up as the truth.
reflection, it is an excellent example of Australian
are Australia best reporters?
They no longer work for the two media barons - because
they have credibility. Most write books today while
others are serving breakfasts at McDonalds.
has the internet done for you?
changed my life in more ways than you could imagine
- and would take several books to fully document!
That's all I have time for now mate.
more information examine: www.gwb.com.au/murder.html