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the first time this morning. who went to air for website was already boasting this. So how come last week the 4BC Peter and Ross are so good Yes, according to 4BC, listener response they broke stories and generated even before they went on air!

in promotional blurbs, doesn't it? Kind of undermines your faith Welcome to Media Watch. I'm Liz Jackson. Over recent months, on ASIO the Parliamentary Joint Committee has been taking submissions powers of questioning and detention. on whether to continue ASIO's new joined together Major media organisations

to denounce them as posing: in practice. we've seen the result of these laws Over the past 12 days,

the 'Herald Sun' got the scoop. News Limited papers like its stablemate's report, The 'Daily Telegraph' shared like 'allegedly'. but largely dispensed with words the street name in Melbourne The 'Australian' published

where one of the raids occurred. this photo, identifying the house. And the 'Herald Sun' published captioned it as a 'Cell base', The 'Daily Tele' brazenly they don't say. though on what basis zoomed in here. So the follow-up TV news in a major counterterrorism swoop. ASIO agents have been mobilised They've staged a series of raids targets in Sydney and Melbourne. fearing extremists are scouting out The occupants of one Melbourne home keen to keep a low profile. targeted in raids, to answer questions. Those inside not prepared in the first two days Almost all the media coverage featured or even led with this aspect of the story - questions. people declining to answer

thought to add None of these reports a very good reason that there may well have been for this reticence. If anyone in this household an ASIO warrant had been questioned under of this warrant, then any mention

information' about it or 'operational innocent family members could lead otherwise to a 5-year term in jail. to Media Watch Journalists at the scene spoke that they weren't named. on condition But that's the catch-22. If family members had said to speak to the media, they weren't allowed that would be confirmation existed, that a warrant for questioning of the ASIO laws. and that in itself is a breach if a such a warrant exists, Journalists can't find out they too could go to jail. and if they did and published it, in this area of the law Even the most experienced can appear to slip up. Take this statement Mick Keelty. from Federal Police Commissioner Any charges will be determined after we look at the evidence of the search warrant that's as a result that have been taking place. and also as a result of interviews Interviews? What interviews? for the Police Commissioner It's against the law under an ASIO warrant to reveal that interviews have been taking place. Media Watch asked the AFP: The AFP offered this clarification. Strange.

'charges would be determined' We would have thoughts that under warrant, on the basis of interviews not chats at the scene of a raid. see the Commissioner go to jail But whatever, we wouldn't want to

as Kafkaesque as these. over breaching laws do we welcome the news Nor, by the way, that the AFP is investigating and damaging allegations who leaked all the detailed on June 22. against the people who were raided relies on leaks, A lot of good journalism absurd and draconian secrecy laws. especially in an area subject to acknowledge But journalists should also to national security that leaked allegations relating to check or challenge, are generally impossible should make this clear. and in fairness they own agenda in raising these issues As we all know, everyone has their and that includes us. Ours is to remind you the ASIO laws and on present indications are currently under review, the secrecy provisions it looks like will remain as they are, a gag on free and open reporting. and scary, get a load of this. And while we're talking secret CLOCK TICKS the invasion of the superbugs. Tonight on '60 Minutes' - How far away is doomsday? Doomsday is already here. The deadly epidemic... She died 22 hours later. She fought for life so damned hard. to the human body. It's just horrific what it does our hospitals. ..that's spreading through the hospitals around the country They're rampant in all and they kill people. Now secret tests.... are golden staph germs. All these blue dots are everywhere. ..show these killer germs bacteria The spread of drug-resistant is an old but very worthy subject, so how to sex it up? and shocking results Secret filming, secret testing, Canterbury and Liverpool hospitals. at Sydney's at random. So last week we chose two hospitals We swabbed commonly used areas - lift buttons public telephones, toilet doors, and patient beds and sent them for testing. send them? And where exactly did they they went to England. 60 Minutes only said

Where and how? But who did the testing? just give the results. No need to say, MRSA is a form of golden staph.

three-quarters of the swabs taken MRSA was detected in almost at Sydney's Canterbury Hospital. and this lift button this vending machine, this toilet With three places -

showing what our tester classifies of the killer bug. as dangerously high levels And who was their tester again? Oh, who cares? At Liverpool Hospital the results were not as high, but still disturbing. dangerous levels. A patient trolley was found to have on this payphone, And 13 colonies of MRSA were found

a level classified as highly dangerous. 13 colonies means nothing to us, and the figures are never explained,

but it did mean a lot to Professor Richard Benn, Head of Microbiology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He found them unbelievable. Canterbury Hospital busted '60 Minutes' filming on the pavement, so the Health Department asked that their secret swab results be shown to local experts before they went to air. Professor Benn wanted to know who could get figures like that. This is what he learned. The man who did the testing was Chris Malyszewicz, often wrongly called a microbiologist. In fact, he's a chemist in England who founded the firm Chemsol Chemical Solutions Consultancy. And Chemsol just happens to market: For just ?13.95 you get: Chris Malyszewicz gained media prominence in late 2003, in the 'London Evening Standard'. Since then a stack of British tabloids

have paid for Chris and Chemsol, to do the same thing - test secret swabs over and over again. Here's just a sample of their tabloid career - the 'Sun', 'People' magazine, 'News of the World', the 'Scotsman' and the 'Sunday Mirror'. Chris Malyszewicz is a one-trick pony, but it works every time. Everywhere he goes he finds astronomical amounts of MRSA. After he's left, no-one can ever find them again. The 'Health Service Journal' put it simply like this. That's pretty much the view that the RPA's Professor Richard Benn forwarded to '60 minutes' before their show went to air. But '60 Minutes' didn't want to hear that their secret tests were a tabloid scare. Liverpool and Canterbury hospitals just had to cop it. The results will shock you. The very places where we should be cured have become a haven for germs that kill and maim. '60 Minutes' did, however, add this rider at the end of the item. The two hospitals tested at random in our story gave written responses. They claim our testing process was flawed and say they have no confidence in the findings or the company that did the testing. They argue the bacteria detected could be perfectly harmless. The English testing laboratory says it stands by its results. All this can be found on our website. Well, not quite everything is on the website. We couldn't find Chemsol's offer of the foam bath and body wash kit - just ?13.95. Surely viewers should know that Chemsol was selling the solution as well as the scare. The 'Australian' gave fantasy a free rein this week with this breaking story for computer geeks. That's right. According to the 'Australian', U-Power will turn your old Mac into a PC. The story first appeared on the Danaquarium website in February. It was written by Dana Sibera who tells us: So how did Dana's mischievous satire end up as fact? As far as Dana knows the 'Australian' was the only paper silly enough to run her joke as news. The 'Australian's editor Michael Stutchbury told us: Something to look forward to in tomorrow's paper. Until next week, goodnight. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International.