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APEC media revolt: Journalists, led by Michelle Grattan, tell APEC press managers politicians don’t decide which questions to take, or from whom

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Members of the Australian media did not have it so good. Journalists were stunned into silence on 9 September when told that John Howard would hold a press conference on the final day of APEC but “media must submit their name, name of the media organisation and the question” ahead of time, reported The Australian (10/9/2007, p.9).

Hacks up in arms: The revolt was immediate. Journalists, led by Michelle Grattan, made it known that this was not the kind of country where politicians could decide which questions to take, or from whom.

Govt backs down: Within minutes, APEC’s beleaguered staff contacted the Prime Minister’s office and the order was quickly reversed. APEC staff then announced that the “Prime Minister’s final media conference” would proceed under the normal rules.

The Australian, 10/9/2007, p. 9

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