Media regulation

Dec 10, 2012

Q. Newspapers and magazines are regulated by the Australian Press Council which was established by the media industry and comprises representatives of media organisations and as well as independent members. It deals with complaints and decides what penalties should be given to journalists and media that break agreed codes of conduct.

Do you think newspapers and magazines should continue to be regulated by the media industry’s Press Council or should the Federal Government appoint a new independent organisation to deal with complaints?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Press Council should continue to deal with complaints

44%

40%

54%

38%

Should be a new Government-appointed organisation to deal with complaints

28%

36%

25%

40%

Don’t know

28%

25%

21%

22%

44% think that newspapers and magazines should continue to be regulated by the media industry’s Press Council and 28% think the Federal Government should appoint a new independent organisation to deal with complaints.

Highest support for a new Government-appointed organisation came from men (36%), Labor voters (36%) and Greens voters (40%).

Regulation of Newspapers

Dec 12, 2011

Q. Newspapers and magazines are regulated by the Australian Press Council which was established by the media industry and comprises representatives of media organisations and as well as independent members.

From what you read, do you think that the Press Council is doing a good or poor job of regulating newspapers in Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total good 20% 22% 25% 14%
Total poor 25% 26% 22% 37%
Very good job 1% 3% 1%
Good job 19% 19% 24% 14%
Neither good nor poor 38% 38% 40% 31%
Poor job 17% 15% 16% 24%
Very poor job 8% 11% 6% 13%
Don’t know 17% 14% 13% 18%

20% believed that the Press Council is doing a good job of regulating newspapers and 25% thought it is doing a poor job. 38% say they are doing neither a good nor poor job and 17% don’t know.

Those most likely to think they are doing a good job were aged under 35 (25%) and Liberal/National voters (25%). Those most likely to think they are doing a poor job were aged 55+ (35%) and Greens voters (37%).

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