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(generated from captions) CC THEME MUSIC certainly lost the plot. Well, someone at Nova 106.9 I'm Jonathan Holmes. Welcome to Media Watch, about hacks and cops, A program this week from Melbourne to Mutitjulu. the Melbourne media loved - First, a crime story a huge haul of stolen copper wire. is another's treasure, One man's trash of this shipping container and hidden at the back of stolen copper wiring, is $500,000 worth the Asian black market. destined for but this copper wire is like gold, It doesn't look like much, selling for $150 a kilogram. can't get enough. And black market buyers on the black market, At $150 per kilo big business, copper theft is not only operator Connex and its passengers. it's a massive headache for rail from scrap metal merchants, It's believed the tip off came a two-year-long investigation. following it was scrap metal merchants That's funny, because that this story didn't add up. who tipped off Media Watch

in Australia, they told us, The going rate for scrap copper isn't $150 a kilo. about 20 times less It's between $6 and $8 a kilo - on the Asian black market. than the police claimed it can fetch, According to the website is US$7.78 a kilo, today's price for brand new copper or about A$8.60. And, as Paul Ryan Industry Association told us: of the Australian Metal Recycling So we went back to Detective Sergeant Barry Hills of Victoria Police.

Asian black marketeers He couldn't explain why the fabled to buy stolen copper wire apparently prefer for 20 times more than brand new metal. But he was adamant that his figures were correct. the accused has already received: Police will allege, he told us, that

what the police claim Whether those documents really prove will be a matter for the court, grief to Australia's scrap merchants. but the story has brought a lot of As Paul Ryan told Media Watch:

questioned the police figure. Needless to say, no daily journo That mightn't matter much of copper wire, when it comes to the price

who commit crime in Australia but the number of immigrants is a much more explosive issue. who isn't a statistician If you're going to get a reporter figures on that topic, to plough through detailed police he gets it right. you'd better make sure 'Sunday Herald Sun' didn't. Melbourne's they would mean, of course, Even if those figures were right, less than their fair share of crimes. that immigrants were committing According to the 'Sunday Herald Sun', is foreign-born, one-quarter of the population of the crimes overall, but they commit only one-seventh and one-fifth of the murders. But despite the paper's own figures, and the story itself - the headline - Victorians clearly imply that foreign-born than Australian-born citizens. are more likely to be criminals And the worst of the immigrants, says the 'Sunday Herald Sun', are the Somalis. nothing of the sort. A proper analysis shows mistake. Liam Houlihan has made a crucial the 'Sunday Herald Sun' calls: According to what In the 12 months to June 2007, committed a crime, 283 Somali-born people

in Victoria of 2,626 - out of a Somali-born population roughly one in nine. in the police statistics But that figure is taken from a table called "Alleged offenders", about this category: and a note in the preamble says the table tells us In other words, in 283 alleged offences, that Somali-born people were involved

the number of people involved, but it doesn't tell us more than one offence. because some individuals committed a different set of figures, Liam Houlihan should have looked at headed "Distinct Alleged Offenders". this category: According to the small print,

number of Somali-born Victorians So this category shows the actual allegedly involved in crime, and it's not 283, but just 115. but 1 in 23. Not 1 in 9 Somali-born Victorians, to it, does it? Doesn't have quite the same ring chief of staff, Chris Tinkler, The 'Sunday Herald Sun's told Media Watch: on a topic like this, Well, especially "believed" doesn't cut it. checked its analysis The 'Sunday Herald Sun' should have and they didn't. with the police statisticians,

The result was a beat-up than the price of copper wire. on a much more sensitive topic

And now to another sensitive issue profession in knots that's been tying the journalistic in the last few days - Aboriginal communities the coverage of remote in the Northern Territory. One of many decisions made Affairs Minister Mal Brough, by the Howard government's Indigenous

in the Territory last year as part of his intervention should be abolished. was that the permit system why this lot are all here? I suppose you're wondering why you're here. Yeah, we're wondering The public, including journalists,

permission from Land Councils would no longer need advance to enter Aboriginal land. It was a controversial decision, by many senior journalists but one that was warmly welcomed who've been trying to cover remote communities. the sad state of Australia's for example, told Media Watch: correspondent Lindsay Murdoch, Fairfax's veteran Darwin-based

Another heavy-hitter is Paul Toohey, for many years. who's covered the Territory He told us: But the journalist's union - and Entertainment Alliance - the Media, Arts took a different view.

to Mal Brough's department In a formal submission it declared: early last year, many experienced journalists. That submission gobsmacked by the Howard government. It was ignored The Rudd Government, by contrast,

the permit system. is committed to restoring

Minister, Jenny Macklin, But the new Indigenous Affairs Fairfax's Lindsay Murdoch recently told exempting bona fide journalists that she was leaning towards from having to get permits.

However, as Murdoch told Media Watch, there was a proviso. So Fairfax's Lindsay Murdoch sat down and hastily wrote a draft code of conduct. He showed it to two veteran ABC journalists in Darwin - the '7.30 Report's Murray McLaughlin, and another senior Alliance member Genevieve Hussey. They both okayed it. Ms Hussey has told Media Watch: But that didn't happen. Murdoch sent his draft to the MEAA in Sydney, and, within days, apparently having consulted no-one else, Christopher Warren sent a letter to Jenny Macklin's Department. Remarkably, the suggested code declared: It wasn't till a week later that Christopher Warren informed his own members - and, by the way, I'm one of them - of what he'd done. Three days after that, 'The Australian's media supplement printed a furious blast from Paul Toohey.

Toohey isn't a member of the MEAA, which is perhaps why he wasn't consulted in the first place. But Tony Koch is. A senior reporter for 'The Australian' based in Brisbane, he's covered the good and the appalling in remote Aboriginal communities for years. As Koch told the ABC's 'Lateline' on Thursday, he wasn't consulted either, and he thinks the code proposed by his own union is absurd. As for getting permission, I mean, you know, this is not communist Russia - that's just a nonsense suggestion. Tony Koch told Media Watch that, in his opinion, 100% of Queensland journalists would be opposed to the code as currently worded. As for Paul Toohey, he told 'Lateline': I'll simply ignore it. I just won't adhere to it. And nor will anyone else. Suddenly, everyone was backing off. The '7.30 Report's Murray McLaughlin told Media Watch: And Christopher Warren has now withdrawn the suggested Code of Conduct. He told us: Of course you should have, Mr Warren. It's a lesson that journalists should stay clear of doing politicians' work for them, even with the best intentions, and that unions should talk to their members first, and politicians afterwards. Channel 10's Cameron Baud knows that some situations need action, not words. He was in the middle of a live cross last week, on Day 2 of the Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park. The heat had kept crowd numbers down, he told viewers: Which is a shame because they've missed something pretty exciting from Mark Webber,

who was setting the pace in practice for most of the day, in fact, until 2.5 minutes to go when he then, lost it, obviously, with idiots like that hanging around, but, ah, yeah, he lost it to McLaren's Lewis Hamilton,

who pipped him with the fastest lap time of the day. And Cameron carried on, without missing a beat.

Now that's style. That's all for this time. Join me again next week. Closed Captions by CSI

CC Good evening. Three men

charged over the 2002 Bali

bombings have withdrawn their

final appeal. Amrozi, Mukhlas

and Imam Samudra face death by

firing squad for their role in

the attacks which killed 202

people. A judge has declared no

more hearings will be held. The

announcement came as the

Australian Government condemned

the Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar

Bashir for urging followers to

beat up non-Muslim tourists. In swimming, 15-year-old Emily

Seebohm has set a new

Commonwealth record, she won

the women's 100m backstroke

final at the Australian

Swimming championships, with Sophie Edington finishing

second. COMMENTATOR: Emily

Seebohm might have it. Yes, she

has! They both qualify for the Olympic Games. Grant Hackett

won the 200m freestyle.

The Olympic flame has begun

its journey from Greece to

Beijing. The flame was lit at

ancient Olympia amid tight

security. Tibetan independence

protesters had threatened to

disrupt the ceremony. The

137,000 complain journey will

take 130 days. The weather - must of the south-east of the

nation can expect showers and

storms, so can the Queensland

coast. With in all the capital cities except Brisbane and

April 13, 1970. 200,000 miles from Earth. A violent explosion tears through the fragile skin of Apollo 13, destroying life-support, guidance and power systems. Three astronauts are stranded in space with oxygen running out. Manned space flight's worst nightmare comes true. Houston, we've had a problem. The extent of the damage is devastating. My feeling was a just sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Mission Control gives the crew little chance of survival. My first impression was, no way we're gonna get back. All three of us thought that our chances were very slim. For the first time the Apollo 13 astronauts and their flight controllers reveal just how close they came to disaster. Now we know it's gonna be damned tough, maybe impossible to get this crew back. This is the inside story of how human ingenuity overcame adversity,

the greatest rescue mission in history. November 28, 1969. Cape Canaveral, Florida. Technicians prepare the Apollo 13 spacecraft for NASA's third mission to the moon. The Service Module is fitted with the second of two tanks containing highly flammable liquid oxygen. The technicians don't know it, but this oxygen tank contains a fault, a technological time bomb, primed to explode with devastating consequences for Apollo 13 and her crew. Five months later the unsuspecting astronauts prepare to launch.

This is Apollo-Saturn launch control, G minus five minutes 27 seconds and counting. Now as we move into the final phase... Strapped in their tiny capsule 350 feet above the ground, the crew make their last pre-flight checks before blast-off. Spacecraft commander Jim Lovell says Odyssey is go. Commander Jim Lovell had already flown three missions into space. This mission would finally realise a childhood dream. To walk on the moon.

I guess I first read Jules Verne's book, you know, 'From the Earth to the Moon', when I was in high school. I was very lucky to get in the space program just, I guess, at the right time. Walt Kapryan has given Apollo 13 a go for launch. We're now approaching the four-minute mark. For Command Module pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module pilot Fred Haise, Apollo 13 was their first space flight. You get a degree of excitement because the day is finally arriving,

that you're gonna really get to go. As we come up on the G minus three minute mark... Even before Apollo 13 left the ground, some of the astronaut's families had grown superstitious

about a mission with the number 13. I was originally assigned to Apollo 14 and then I changed places with Alan Shepard to take 13. And my wife said, "Why 13?" I said, "Well, this is a scientific project. "We're supposed to be engineers and technicians and scientists, you know. "We're not superstitious." We're now in our final three minutes. It never occurred to any of us that 13 was a bad numerical designation for that particular mission. It was just another number. I think Jim Lovell wanted to have a black cat as the mascot for the mission. And so... And, uh, no-one gave it a thought. G minus 25 seconds and counting.