May 26th 2007


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COVER STORY: CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd still in front

EDITORIAL: East Timor: end of the Fretilin era?

HOUSING: Soaring house prices give illusion of wealth

LABOR PARTY: Sir Rod Eddington, Labor's business guru

PRIMARY INDUSTRY: Vital issues in wheat single-desk decision

OPINION: Family First takes on Howard's workplace laws

DRUGS CONFERENCE: Reality check needed on illicit drugs

SCHOOLS: Choice would be eroded by centralisation

INTELLIGENCE CORNER: Shssh - don't mention the war!

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: Politics could worsen global health pandemic

QUARANTINE: Drought used as excuse to relax quarantine standards

STRAWS IN THE WIND: No kangaroo meat - thank you very much / Tony Blair - a class act / Vladimir the Cruel / Turkey - between a rock and a hard place

UNITED STATES: US Supreme Court bans partial-birth abortion

WORLD AFFAIRS: Islam: the questions which must be answered

States more accountable than Canberra (letter)

Problems facing Brisbane-to-Melbourne rail-link (letter)

News Weekly informative, timely (letter)

The media and freedom of speech (letter)

CINEMA: A luminous film of great beauty

BOOKS: WHAT'S LEFT? How Liberals Lost Their Way, by Nick Cohen

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The media and freedom of speech (letter)


by Patrick O'Connell

News Weekly, May 26, 2007
Sir,

There has been much huffing and even more puffing from the so-called elite media in this country about “freedom of speech”.

These pen-pushers, who generally support such things as abortion on demand, are now wanting information on demand, plus “freedom of speech” - particularly for them.

I reflect in horror at the thought of these serial-whingers here, having a similar opportunity already afforded American journalists who unfortunately may say what they wish about a public figure and not be sued.

Then there's the hypocrisy of it all - as a letter-writer, try contributing to a debate on abortion, homosexuality or feminism, on the negative side, and then hold your breath waiting for it to be published.

Make sure you have a nurse handy.

Patrick O'Connell,
Bray Park, Qld




























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