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Politicians in the archives: ABC censorship?



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MEDIA ALERT

Michael Organ MP Greens Member for Cunningham

24 August 2004

POLITICIANS IN THE ARCHIVES - ABC CENSORSHIP?

Recently, the ABC refused to allow filmmaker Judy Rymer to use archival news footage in her film about refugee issues, "Punished Not Protected".

The ABC insisted she first get the personal permission of the politicians involved which was unprecedented and tantamount to political censorship.

A panel discussion organised by Dr Willa McDonald of Macquarie University’s Media Department will be held to discuss this important contemporary issue.

The panel will include: * Michael Organ MP Greens Member for Cunningham and former University of Wollongong Archivist and Copyright Officer, * Filmmaker Judy Rymer and

* Lawyer Roy Baker

WHEN: Thursday 26 August 2004 at 6.30 for 7pm. WHERE: The Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, Sydney.

Part of Rymer's film, "Punished not Protected", plus the Media Watch segment that drew attention to the ABC's actions, will be shown on the night.

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