Australian Press Council Proposes Fines for Journalists Who Break Standards

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By: Nick O’malley | The Sydney Morning Herald

Newspapers would be made to pay fines or compensation to ”victims” of bad journalism under proposals that were discussed during the last day of hearings of the federal government’s print media inquiry yesterday.

In proceedings that often resembled an informal debate more than an inquiry, the chairman, Ray Finkelstein, a former Federal Court judge, suggested compensation capped at $30,000 to $40,000 could serve as a cheap and fast form of ”summary” redress for defamation.

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