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Censorship begins at home 
12th-Aug-2008 05:33 pm
Freedom of speech is alive and well in Australia, right? We thought so - until this weekend.
The Australian said it best yesterday: "Nothing has sucked the air from the lungs as much as Seven's decision to drop an advertisement by GetUp... In a democracy, where freedom of speech is a given, Seven's craven self-censoring efforts represent a gold-medal act of moral cowardice."*

Ordinary Australians donated to put an ad to air featuring a Tibetan women asking the Prime Minister to raise the issue of Tibet when in China. The ad was booked, paid for and confirmed to air on either side of the Opening Ceremony - but it never showed. -- GetUp

"Channel 7 needs to explain. Our Tibet ad - which was booked and paid for - was not screened by Channel 7 in the scheduled slots last Friday night and Saturday morning. The ad was pulled at the last minute. It seems to us that in highlighting free speech issues in Tibet, we've run up against some serious ones of our own at home." -- GetUp blog

"At least Australia has media freedom, right? Regardless of whether Seven took this decision under its own direction or were pressured into this by someone else (such as the IOC, as has been postulated elsewhere), this raises huge questions about media freedom - not just in China, but right here in Australia." -- ish's blog

12th-Aug-2008 10:30 am (UTC)
Technically it was a smart move for Seven to trick GetUp into thinking the ad would be run, as this probably made GetUp less inclined to set up and ensure the message on other stations and elsewhere (hence insuring there'd be less turn-offs).

Incredibly naive of them to think Seven would run such (it would obviously cause undesirable effects for them). I'm having trouble believing either party couldn't see what was about to happen.

That quote from the Australian has at least 2 lolz in it. One for the claim that this is a democracy, the other for expressing that freedom of speech is a "given"

Power to the people! Even more power to the corporate entities owned and chosen by a selection of people wealthy and inclined to buy, and run ignorant of human needs, legality, or anything other than self-profiteering! However short term and damaging! YAY! DEMOCRACY!

Well, back to the 8 hour day. Who am I toiling for again?
13th-Aug-2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh get over it. Channel 7 is a business, it aims to make money. They decided it was not in their best interests to run the ad, so they didn't. I assume all the money will be refunded.

All this is just wah wah wah from a bunch of people who don't know shit about how these things operate and love to bitch about imagined breaches of non-existent human rights.
13th-Aug-2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Then they should never have accepted the boooking in the first place.
16th-Aug-2008 02:33 am (UTC)
I heard that they thought that they were accepting an anti-Fuel Watch ad.
16th-Aug-2008 03:46 am (UTC)
that is what theysay, but get up provided a copy of the booking sheet to ABC's media watch (you can see t on their website) that clearly says Tibet in the description. Maybe they just didn't read it properly but that does not excuse them.
13th-Aug-2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
"Imagined breaches of non-existent human rights"? Well, aren't you the edgy one.
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