A recent cabinet meeting has increased speculation that a decision is close on proposed changes to media laws, The Daily Telegraph reports. The package of media reforms includes a “code of ethics for journalists, a tort of privacy and increased Australian content rules for FTA networks,” reports Financial Review. Concerns remain that the independent Finkelstein inquiry and its recommendations—including exemptions for some journalists to parts of the Privacy Act—are now being “watered down,” the report states. Prime Minister Julia Gillard denied that a decision was imminent, adding, “When we’ve got something to say about it, we will.”
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