Australia will hold an independent inquiry into the media after growing criticism of reporting in newspapers run by Rupert Murdoch's company News Limited.
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While the terms of reference for the inquiry are yet to be released, it is understood it will focus on privacy and strengthening the power of media watchdogs.
But the Greens Party, which has been calling for an inquiry into the country's media since the News of the World scandal erupted in Britain, also wants the inquiry to consider revising media ownership laws.
News Limited currently controls 70 per cent of the newspapers in Murdoch's native country, including the nation's only national newspaper. The Greens, who have accused the company of bias, want the laws changed to water down his stranglehold on the press.
However, the government insisted that the inquiry was not out to "get News Ltd".
"This is not about attacking any one media company," one government source said....read more