Wendy Bacon has more media knowledge than most - but it didn't help when she was recently savaged by News Ltd. Do errors of fact mark the limits of free speech?
Why The Market Can't Ensure A Free Press
The Finkelstein report has already put some noses out of joint but it's an important analysis of the current state of the Australian media. Wendy Bacon explains the Inquiry's key findings and recommendations.
Media Inquiry A Welcome Start
The media inquiry announced by Stephen Conroy on Wednesday falls short of expectations but is a good start, writes Wendy Bacon. Have your say on the terms of reference here.
FOI documents show NSW government 'uncertain' about risks of CSG
No Coal Seam Gas Mining In Sydney spokesperson Jactinta Green applied for documents under Freedom of Information laws ( called the Government Information (Public Access) Act) relating to the NSW drilling license approval process for coal seam gas, .
NSW Rubber Stamps Gas Drilling
Documents obtained under FOI show that the NSW Government allowed coal seam gas drilling exploration in Sydney while 'uncertain' about the risks, reports Wendy Bacon.
CSG company Dart Energy drills for gas near NSW World Heritage area
I first heard about Dart Energy when I was told anti-CSG activists were campaigning against Dart Energy drilling for gas in the Inner West of Sydney where I live. I was equally surprised to learn that the NSW government had given permission to Dart to drill near the NSW village of Putty, just near a World Heritage listed wilderness area.
Coal Seam Drilling Begins Near Wollemi
Dart Energy will start drilling for coal seam gas close to a World Heritage listed wilderness area this week - and local residents aren't happy. Wendy Bacon reports.
Beckett must prove innocence despite court quashing convictions
ROSEANNE Beckett, who served 10 years in jail before the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal quashed five convictions for offences against her husband, must now prove she is innocent as part of her case for malicious prosecution, a NSW judge ruled today.
Roseanne Beckett versus NSW DPP
It's 22 years since the then NSW Detective Peter Thomas led a group of police who raided Roseanne Catt's house in Taree. He then charged her with a number of charges including assault and attempted poison of her then husband Barry Catt. After a four months trial, in 1991, she was convicted of eight offences. Roseanne ( who now used the name Beckett) spent the next ten years in prison but was released after the media and new witnesses raised fresh evidence and questions about whether there had been a miscarriage of justice. A NSW Supreme Court Inquiry later found that the key prosecution witnesses, including Thomas, had conspired against her. The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal later acquitted her of the attempted poisoning charge and dismissed a number of other charges. Two convictions remain. Today, Roseanne Beckett's malicious prosecution case begins in the NSW Supreme Court. I've followed this case for 11 years for Sydney Morning Herald. Here is my last report. will be following the case with twitters, posts and stories.
Support Bradley Manning
I'll be speaking at a sminar in support of Bradley Manning organised by the Sydney Solidarity for Bradley Manning on Tuesday evening, August 2. Leading up to the night, Professor Stuart Rees of the Sydney Peace Foundation published a piece on Online Opinion.