Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mr. Chris Chapman,
ACMA Chairman.

Dear Mr. Chapman,

In a democratic country, community leaders should let the public decide rather than try to show they are smarter as they are not.

If the TV channels failed to do their jobs, they should be punished.

We look forward for your reply in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Eddie Hwang
Unity Party WA
Phone/Fax: 61893681884
Environmental friendly - save the trees - use email.
UPWA is the only political party that calls a spade a spade.

Channel 10 said outright on the phone that they wouldn't run the ad because it criticises another media outlet. Lachlan Murdoch is on the company's board. We're sure the two are totally unrelated.

Channel 7 refused the ad because "the creative execution was considered distasteful and potentially offensive to our audience, so we have decided to make a stand." So noble. We created a new version of the ad with the 'offensive' bits blurred out. They didn't respond. 

Channel 9 at least approved the ad, and ran it for four days. In fact, 615,800 people have already seen it on 9 across Brisbane. On Monday, they pulled the ad, and blamed it on a "coding error," saying it never should have run. Whoopsadaisey.

That's all three of Australia's major commercial networks banding together to suppress media criticism. What's more, it's happening in ad election period where Australians ought to have the freedom to express their opinions and to criticise and speak truth to power.

We have lodged a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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