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This program is captioned live. the before and after shots of Sydney Big difference there between switched off their lights the night 2.5 million people for Earth Hour. I'm Monica Attard. Hello, and welcome to Media Watch. that Fairfax newspapers, It was no surprise went big with the story. the major Earth Hour sponsor, Sydney to turn their lights off Getting a few million people in is a worthy achievement. have told Media Watch But a number of photographers Fairfax before and after photographs they think the difference in the looks overstated. certainly thinks so. Creative director Matt Cumming of exposure. The discrepancy is a difference it is ambient light. And there is no way but it's not quite fair. Maybe I would have done the same, One wire agency photographer weren't quite right said: who thought the photos the 'Sun Herald's representation Matt Cumming also saw problems with of the city switch off. compared to the before picture. seen simply between the sky The exposure difference can be in the two images. despite the lower ambient light They should be nearly identical, under the bridge Have a look again at the detail stayed on in both pictures. where the lights

Getty Images took. Here's the before and after shots The difference is less dramatic. seem to match more closely But the common lights and the sky than the Fairfax version. there's nothing untoward here. Fairfax editors say No-one said anything about fraud. managing editor, Sam North, The 'Sydney Mornings Herald's on the discrepancy. shed even more light weren't taken on the same day. The before and afters in his paper the pictures were taken Yes, but wouldn't most readers expect

lights were switched off. just before and just after the before the switch off The before shots were taken two days the whole scene look much lighter. when weather conditions helped make yourself by going to our website at Maybe you'd like to decide for

The jury's out on that one. But the verdicts is in on this: in the Victorian county court a decision this week reporters go about their work. which could change the way Australian legal case brought against the ABC Media Watch reported last year on a assaulted by her estranged husband. by a woman who'd been sexually broke the law by naming her. In 2002, ABC radio news were dealt with The two journalists responsible Reports Act under the Judicial Proceedings sexual assault victims. that prohibits naming known only as Jane Doe, But the woman, for legal reasons for breaching her privacy. sued the ABC nearing $300,000. She's won and been awarded damages identity was protected Judge Hampel found Jane Doe's governing trials, not just by the laws expectation but also by her reasonable would remain a private matter. that her sexual assault of care for the media The judgment creates a new duty to protect the privacy of a person Reports Act - protected by the Judicial Proceedings of sexual assault. people who are victims the media needs to be careful But does the Jane Doe judgment mean not to harm anyone it writes about? and certainly free speech Beware! The issue of privacy what the media upholds which is hopefully is going to be a clear battleground be published or even investigated in relation to what can and can't in the future. of eroding the freedom of speech This has a real potential that we enjoy in Australia. says And media lawyer Peter Bartlett is endless. the potential to expand the judgment It's not only reporting. in photographs. It's even in footage, go to the football, It raises the potential that if you shows a photograph of a footballer or you go to the races and the media the background, or a horse and you're in for breach of privacy. potentially you could have an action of other statutory restrictions There are already dozens on publications. to civil action and to damages? Could a breach of these now lead how they go about their business? And will reporters have to change Gail Hambly - Fairfax chief legal counsel scrutiny of stories Yes, there will be more legal publishers more money to publish. that will mean it will cost if this law sticks It will be very interesting to see publishing, for example, what it means for internet a lot more inside stories, tends to be a lot more gossipy, a lot more who said what to where. And I think there's a real risk won't be publishable. a vast amount of that material have made it difficult The Jane Doe finding could certainly to get away with this. for Channel Seven startling new claims But first, we bring you worker about Schapelle Corby. by a former Centrelink Schapelle was arrested in Bali, She alleges that a week before branch to claim she visited a Gold Coast Centrelink her disability pension. the heels of its explosive interview 'Today Tonight's story came hot on Corby's sister, Mercedes. with a close friend of Schapelle of legal action. That program is now the subject in the follow up, The former Centrelink worker

of Schapelle Corby's medical file. detailed what she claimed to know for, um, depression She was on disability pension problems. and drug-related psychological the problems were related to ta... It said in her file that was obliged By law, the former Centrelink worker Corby's confidentiality and privacy. to protect Schapelle is already investigating the woman. The Australian Federal Police 'Today Tonight's exclusive talent But the Privacy Act covering itself. doesn't extend to the program that Schappelle was guilty. I never had a doubt in my mind it did nothing wrong. 'Today Tonight tells us

Whether it was in the public interest 'Today Tonight's or in the interest of with Nine's 'A Current Affair' on going and ferocious ratings feud is for you to judge. But without privacy legislation to stop reporters there's little or nothing Schappelle Corby's medical history. running confidential information like The only sanction to stop them might lie in the Crimes Act. Striking a balance between our right to privacy and the media's right to report is now at the forefront of legal thinking. The NSW Law Reform Commission is reportedly considering a proposal for a privacy law. Would that be better than allowing judges to create new fetters to the way the media reports? Gail Hembley - It's a terrible question to ask a media lawyer but I don't think we need a privacy law in Australia. I don't think there's evidence of abuse of gross abuse of privacy

or continual abuse of privacy by mainstream media in Australia. However, if we're going to have a law of privacy then I think its better if that law be formulated by statute. I don't think it's reasonable to say lets see how the common law develops this field. It would take the common law years to develop appropriate defences in this area and in the meantime the public, if think journalists but more importantly the public will suffer because there will not be the level of reporting there presently is. It seems the jury's out on privacy too. Now to another judgement.

The Mildura-based paper laid out the qualities of four hot performers in the small SUV market. Only Richard Blackburn and the Drive team who tested the cars don't work for the 'Sunraysia Daily'. The whole story was lifted from the 'Sydney Morning Herald'. Six of the best. Remember - the 'Sunraysia Daily' only had four. We'll come back to that. First to the ripoff that's really upset the 'Herald'. The 'Sunraysia Daily' sheepishly described the heist as an error in judgement and on Saturday published an apology. But how did the 'Sunraysia Daily' come to drop all mention of two of the cars reviewed by the 'Sydney Morning Herald' - the Toyota and Mazda models. That's especially odd given the Toyota Rav 4 was judged in the top two by the 'Herald'.

Could that obvious editing have anything to do with the local Mazda and Toyota dealership sending their advertising dollars to a rival paper, and TV and radio?

Certainly a local representative involved with those brands thought it was shonky. But the 'Sunraysia Daily' sees nothing wrong in dumping the missing cars and there was no apology to the car companies left out. Holding onto high-minded journalistic principles while dealing with stolen copy is some juggling act.

That's it from Media Watch tonight. Thanks for being with us. Before we go, a reminder that if you go to our website at you can download this program, read our transcripts and take a closer look at those Fairfax photos of Earth Hour. See you next week. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International. CC

Good evening. Counting's under way

tonight in East Timor's first

presidential election. Earlier in

presidential election. Earlier in the day people queued in the hot sun to

register their vote. The United

Nations says the strong turnout

caused polling stations to run out

caused polling stations to run out of ballot papers, but more were found

before the booths closed. Despite

sporadic violence during the run-up

to the vote, no violence has so far

been reported. Thousands of Iraqis

have gathered in the city of Najaf

have gathered in the city of Najaf to mark four years since American-led

troops arrived in Baghdad. The

demonstrators were responding to a

call by the militant Shia cleric

Moqtada al-sadr. He'd called for a

million people to protest against

million people to protest against the occupation, saying it has caused

untold suffering and bloodshed.

Baghdad is under curfew for the

duration of the anniversary. The

national holiday road toll has risen

to 26 with the deaths of three

to 26 with the deaths of three people in two accidents in New South Wales

and one in Victoria. Three off-duty

soldiers were killed near Melbourne

when their hire car ran off the road

and into the sea. The accident

happened in the early hours of the

morning near Swan Island, a military

training base. The cause of the

training base. The cause of the crash is being investigated. And now

tomorrow's national weather - Early

morning showers clearing from Darwin,

and it should be fine in the other

capital cities.

to suck it all in tonight but

I'm looking forward to it. It

will be a great night. We

will be back to you soon. We

have been hearing all of us

for sometime now that this

nation is putting on wait at a dangerous weight and that

it is affecting our health

but just how serious is the

obesity issue. Paul Gross

just back from overseas how

would you sum up our

epidemic? I came back from

overseas overweight so the

problem can be answered in

two ways. 60 per cent of us

are overweight or obese, that

is the adults. One in five

children are obese and one in

10 are overweight. The trend

has dulled over the last 20

years. No Government has been

able to reverse that trend.

And one more generalal

statistic which might be of

use - 40 per cent of men and

20 per cent of women believe

that they are not overweight

or obese even though when we

measure their Body Mass Index

they are. So the cost

implications of that are

quite profound. I estimated

that 6 per cent of total

health expenditures in our

nation are due to being

overweight or obese or

lacking physical activity.

But that ignores the costs of

treatment that are now being

seen in our kids. The cost of

the gall gladders d livers,

hyper tension, to raised

blood pressure. The

orthopaedic problems that are

emerging. These are problems

that are just starting to

emerge and being treated.

There is the cost not in my

estimates of the earlier treatments that will be

required to deal with obesity

and the earlier dying sis of

heart disease in kids from a

very early age. Louise, could

you come here now and tell us

from your studies what will

be the cost to the our

children? Why is it that we

are now having this warning

that they may have a shorter

life expect tan say than

their parents? 1 in 4

children are overweight or

obese in our community of

Australiand we know that

overweight and obesity is

associated with a range of immediate health problems,

such things as heart disease,

be a normal lipid blood

profile, high blood pressure.

We know overweight

adolescents carry risk

factors for liver disease and

diabetes. There has been a

number of cross-section

studies in population status

here in Australia showing

that young people and

children carry risk factors

if they are over weight or

obese. What that means

long-term we are waiting to

see. There have been

longitudinal studies that

have followed up overweight

and obese children in young

people into adult hood. Those

studies started, 30, 40, 50

years ago and before the obesity environment started -

and they were done in the US

and UK - we know this those young people when they were

followed up all that period

of time later had an

increased risk of heart

disease in adulthood,

increased risk of

cardiovascular disease and so

on so we know it is a real

risk factor. What it means

for children entering

adulthood we can only

speculate. We anticipate they

will have a higher risk of

getting type 2 diabetes early

in 20s, 30, for developing

fatty liver disease and

ultimately very long-term

significant liver disease.

Early heart disease, risk factors for Frederic Kanoute

and also things like

arthritis and so on so very

significant health problems

early on as they enter adulthood. Professor Boyd

Swinburn, if there is an

epidemic why are we still in

a state of denial about it?

There has been a lot on the

front pages so people who

have not heard of the obesity

epidemic have not been

listening to the press but

there is an amount of denial

amongst parents of overweight

children and adults. We go

into a state of denial about

our own body size so there is

a lot of denial at an

individual level but add the

that the problem that is

facing governments, that is

facing the food industry when

we come to deal with it

because that requires a

substantial amount of money

or investment, potentialal

loss of money for the food

industry. There is a lot of

denial around that as well.

On the contrary I would say

there is no denial on the