||Issue No. 284||07 October 2005|
Age of Consent
Interview: Under Fire
Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Economics: The Common Wealth
History: Walking for Justice
International: Deja Vu
Legal: The Rights Stuff
Review: That Cinderella Fella
Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
The Locker Room
Make Ads Not Law
Nice One, Workers!
Dog Eat Dog
Examiner Pulps Cadet
Rural Press's Launceston Examiner claims 25-year-old Wes Young resigned but didn't produce any supporting evidence before the Industrial Relations Commission.
Young denies resigning and says he was chopped because he pursued stories critical of a $1.5 billion Gunns pulp mill proposed for Northern Tasmania.
Young said he was promised a job at the Advocate, another paper owned by Rural Press, but the deal fell through after a conversation between the Examiner's chief of staff and the Advocate's editor.
He was then told he had resigned from The Examiner.
Media Entertainment and Artists Alliance Tasmanian Secretary Andrew Muthy said the cadet should have been put back on the Examiner's payroll.
"There's no reason for the company to behave this way," Muthy said.
Young said he had tried to transfer because of pressure from management over stories criticial of Gunns.
He says management at the Examiner issued him with a warning after he wrote a story about a push for a town vote on the mill, and was directed by his chief of staff not to write a story on a community group opposed to the mill.
In Parliament, last week, Tasmanian Greens Senator Christine Milne took up the case and said the Examiner had a "special relationship" with Gunns.
"There is example after example of the suppression of stories that are in any way critical [of the pulp mill] and the promotion of stories that are in favour," Milne said.
Milne cited a report on Media Watch earlier this year that claimed the Examiner ran an advertising feature as news.
Young is taking an unfair dismissal case to the Industrial Relations Commission.
Examiner editor Dean Southwell denied the claims made against the paper, but said it was not fair to elaborate on specifics until the matter reached the commission.
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