June 29th 2002

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COVER STORY: Sexual misconduct in the Church

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Coalition MPs revolt against the ICC

New policies needed to rescue agriculture

COMMENT: How Ruddock could face charges before the ICC

Straws in the Wind: From the other side of the street / Dying culture

Sectarianism rears its ugly head in Victorian ALP

Census figures show decline of the family unit

Media ambush (letter)

Ancient wisdom (letter)

Reality cinema (letter)

Where the facts lie (letter)

Asylum seekers I (letter)

Asylum seekers II (letter)

Children as commodities (letter)

Who will stand up for small business, rural Australia?

OPINION: Reflections on the British monarchy

International terrorism: keeping the issues in focus

Despite tensions: Indonesia looks ahead

BOOKS: 'Undue Noise: Words and Music' by Andrew Ford

BOOKS: 'The Broken Hearth' by William Bennett

BOOKS: 'Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress' by Dai Sijie

COMMENT: That other Holocaust

Books promotion page

Media ambush (letter)

by Greg O'Regan

News Weekly, June 29, 2002

I am uneasy that a television journalist pursues the Catholic Church while he seeks redress at law against accusations against himself by another large organisation that he plagiarised a program and was less than professional.

No use suing if the defendant has no money. The usual thing in such cases is to settle by either a payment or an apology or both, and parties agreeing to be silent about details. The journalist must have considered the prospects for his own compensation and restoration of reputation. So, is his investigation of the Church a means to enhance the latter?

Greg O'Regan
Farrer ACT

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