Saturday, 31 March 2007

At the Byron Bay Writers Festival this year "Media ethics will be the focus of discussions by journalists", reports Susan Wyndham in the Undercover blog. The dates are 26 to 29 July.

But don't expect to find any details on the festival's Web site. There are none. Jeni Caffin, the festival's director, gets as close as the site comes to real information when she says that the planned program "digs below the surface of the contemporary issues that challenge us all". Blah blah blah.

Wyndham goes much further, listing some of the media luminaries who will speak. They include, notably, David Leser (a popular profilist), Antony Loewenstein (a well-known writer on Zionist-Palestinian affairs) and Chris Masters (who wrote a biography of radio shock jock Alan Jones). A few recognised and "a crowd of new writers" will also attend.

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