Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation owns a significant portion of all Australian news sources.
Australian former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull have joined forces to overthrow the Australian media mogul Rupert Murdochin News Corporation’s position in the country.
Rudd and Turnbull intend to witness the Australian Senate investigation into News Corporation’s significant dominance in Australian politics. The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether a monopoly-like position allows Murdoch to dictate public debate and thus policy.
Rudd and Turnbull represent different parties, but now seem to have joined forces against a common enemy.
Both former prime ministers see News Corporation Australia as a propaganda machine on the right side of the current Liberal Party government. They have also said that Murdoch had complete control over their public image when they in turn were prime ministers.
“The bottom line is to understand that News Corp is now practically propaganda. It’s a political organization with a lot of journalists on its payroll, ”Turnbull has said.
Murdochia it is difficult to rise against, as he really controls the Australian media field. According to The Guardian, Australia was third on the list measuring the concentration of media ownership in different countries in 2011. Only China and Egypt, where the state owns the media, passed.
Murdoch, for example, owns the nationwide newspaper The Australian, as well as major newspapers in almost every part of Australia.
“This is the state of one newspaper,” Rudd has said.
“And he who considers this fair in the sense that all political views have a fair chance is a fool.”
Murdoch owns not only the Australian media but also a significant stake in newspapers on the right wing of Britain and the conservative American TV channel Fox News. Attempts have also been made to limit his empire in Britain because of excessive political influence.
Last month, Rudd appealed for a strong and diverse media field against Murdoch’s monopoly. The popular petition was signed by a total of half a million people, including Turnbull.
The hearing of ex-prime ministers in the Australian Senate is seen as a potentially significant step in limiting Murdoch’s power around the world.
“This could be an uncomfortable situation for Murdoch,” commented an Australian long-line investigative reporter David Hardaker The Guardian.
“The two former prime ministers are cooperating, and that has not happened before. This has already led to a Senate inquiry. ”
Murdoch and the media he owns have aroused resentment, among other things, by repeatedly denying the existence of climate change and the human impact on it.
Son of Rupert Murdoch James Murdoch resigned from the Board of the News Corporation earlier this year due to “disagreements” over the content. He had publicly criticized the way the company’s media deal with Australian wildfires without referring to climate change, says ABC.
“Their campaign for climate denialism is shocking and has done enormous damage to the world,” Turnbull said in an ABC interview.
“It’s so terribly biased propaganda that Rupert’s own Son can’t stand it.”