Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:02

ACMA to probe murder footage broadcast on Australian TV

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority says it is investigating whether broadcasters breached the rules by some of the material they put to air about the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand on Friday.

The regulator said in a statement that it would look at any content from the streaming video that the killer had put online that was broadcast by Australian TV stations.

Fifty-one worshippers were gunned down in cold blood as they attended the main prayer session of the week at two mosques in Christchurch. A single man, Australian Brenton Tarrant, is charged with the murders.

Another area of concern was the content made available on the websites of TV stations. The ACMA said though this was beyond its remit, it was talking to the Australian Press Council about coverage of the attack.

The ACMA said its chair, Nerida Loughlin, would write to the heads of TV stations seeking information on what was broadcast, particularly on the day the attack occurred.

It said it would also meet peak industry organisations — Free TV Australia and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association — to discuss if current rules provided adequate protection for Australian audiences.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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