Completely Biased

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Independent Media

Reporters Without Borders has released its third annual Press Freedom Index. It's a ranking of countries around the world, based on how much independence and lack of government interference the press in that country has.

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland all come in at #1. New Zealand at #9. America at #22 (equal with Belgium). The UK at #28 (equal with El Salvador and Hungary).

Where's Australia? Oh there it is, at #41.

And now with Senate control, do you reckon we'll slide further down the list?

The Age has two articles on cross-media laws. The first one writes about possible combinations that could come about, and the second is an opinion piece by Gregory Hywood saying it's the best thing since sliced bread. There's an argument going on in their "Your Say" area.