Mareeba newspaper’s selective court reporting

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from contributing editor Robert J Lee in Cairns

A reader has advised Cairns News the local newspaper at Mareeba in FNQ, the Tablelands Advertiser, owned by Rupert Murdoch has been selectively publishing court cases involving drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We are advised as many as 10 or more DUI cases could be heard each week in the Mareeba Courthouse yet staff of the newspaper arbitrarily or otherwise select which case will be reported. Only a few of the full list of court cases have been published in recent editions.

This practice is contrary to the unwritten, long-standing rule of responsible regional publishers to either publish full details of every court case or not to disclose the name of the accused and selectively report on the merit of the case, or in many cases not to publish court news at all.

This small weekly newspaper that is supposedly reporting for the northern Tablelands communities, not dissimilar to most other News Ltd publications, is doing the community a disservice by discriminating against those whose name has been published.

There have been cases of suicide caused by indiscriminate publishing of DUI cases where the driver was charged while under the influence due to innumerable personal reasons some of which have been depression, family deaths and in a recent case the loss of a custody battle in the Family Court.

The ‘one size fits all’ .05 blood alcohol content limit in itself is woefully discriminatory. Those with a large body mass react much differently to those of smaller bodies or the ability of others to handle larger amounts of alcohol.

We advise readers affected by the Advertiser’s (or any other newspaper’s) selective reporting to contact us at cairnsnews@hotmail.com to get assistance for making a complaint to the Press Council or how to seek a legal remedy.

We should note the Press Council is largely a toothless tiger which has been accused of having News Ltd patronage.

A complaint can be sent to: http://www.presscouncil.org.au/making-a-complaint/

A local complaint can also be sent to the editor at katherine.kokkonen@news.com.au

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About Editor, cairnsnews

One of the few patriots left who understand the system and how it has been totally subverted under every citizen's nose. If we can help to turn it around we will otherwise our children will have nothing. Our investigations show there is no 'government' of the people for the people of Australia. The removal of the Crown from Australian Parliaments, followed by the incorporation of Parliaments aided by the Australia Act 1987 has left us with corporate government with policies not laws, that apply only to members of political parties and the public service. There is no law, other than the Common Law. This fact will be borne out in the near future as numerous legal challenges in place now, come to a head this year.

Posted on September 18, 2016, in big brother, Courts, General, Local News, People Control and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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