Australia government to hold media inquiry after UK scandal

By REUTERS
September 14, 2011 07:49

 
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CANBERRA - Australia will hold an inquiry into media regulation in the wake of Britain's phone-hacking scandal, but it will not consider the dominant position of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in the local newspaper industry.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the inquiry by an independent retired judge would examine print media regulations, including online publications, and the role of industry watchdogs.

"A healthy and robust media is essential to the democratic process," Conroy told reporters.

Britain's phone-hacking scandal prompted News Corp to close its News of the World newspaper.

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