Freedom of Speech a Giggling Matter for Journaillie Downunder

Are they all hardwired commies or simply too dumb to comprehend what’s at stake?

Alberici wants the media given credit for defending what it sold out  (Andrew Bolt)

Emma Alberici spends most of her interview with shadow attorney general George Brandis trying to knock down his undeniable proposition that the Gillard Government has mounted the most outrageous attacks on free speech by a peace-time government, with too few journalists seeming even to care.

Then, apparently blind to the irony, she protests that all journalists (like her) really do care, after all. Brandis, so assured throughout the interview, rises to his imperious best:

EMMA ALBERICI: And let’s finally discuss one more thing I’ll point out from your speech, you say defending freedom of speech today has been left down to conservative commentators Andrew Bolt and Janet Albrechtsen. I put to you that all of us in the media are across the spectrum defenders of freedom of speech.

GEORGE BRANDIS: I wish you were. I wish you were.

And this, perhaps, will be the defining moment of this betrayal of the free press and free speech:

Some examples to contradict Alberici, who last night contradicted herself:

Take down their names, the journalists who failed to defend a free press from a government which sought to control it…

And this, perhaps, will be the defining moment of this betrayal of the free press and free speech:

ABC1 Insiders yesterday:


BARRIE Cassidy: Well the media story certainly did break through. . . . Is there a bit of hysteria in all this?
Malcolm Farr: I’m still left with the question why they did it?

Cassidy: (passionately) Well, how about this for an answer. Because they believe in it . . .

Karen Middleton:
 And also the question being asked is why is it being done now?

Cassidy: (more passion) But that’s the process . . . The debate is never about the issue, it’s about the process.

Piers Akerman: Let’s go to the issue, Barry. Now you and I are old enough . . to remember that in 1989 the Berlin Wall came down . . .

Farr: (chuckling)

Cassidy: . . . Where are you going with this?

Middleton: Sounds like the Stalin link again.

Akerman: One of the things . . . that the Soviet Union and . . . every despotic government has done is attack the freedom of the press

Middleton: Piers Akerman, the human headline. Here we go (snickering).

Cassidy: (Laughs)

Akerman: I can’t believe I’m sitting here on a program with three journalists and you think that freedom of the press is a laughing matter . . .

Middleton: Give us a chance, Piers . . .

Piers: A chance? Well, go on, laugh now and I’ll finish . . .

Barry: (smirks) Can we go back to Malcolm. Do you think there has been some hysterical reaction to this? (giggles)

Cassidy: (serious) In what way is this such a monumental attack on freedom of speech?

Akerman: . . . Because once, as you said when you were talking to the laughing minister over there, you have a government appointed authority, who has oversight . . . then that regulator becomes answerable to the government . . .

Cassidy: Did the proprietors have this coming? Because of their attitude . . . ?

Labor propagandists R’us:

Take down their names, the journalists who failed to defend a free press from a government which sought to control it:

Leigh SalesPaul Bongiorno

Mick Seccombe

Martin Hirst

Michael Mullins

Richard Ackland

Wendy Bacon

Bernard Keane

Margo Kingston

Matthew Ricketson