Launch details

Press Release - 21st January 1999

Australia's media under fire.

The official launch of the book: "Murder by Media, Death of Democracy in Australia"

(ISSN 1441-6476) will take place outside the gates of the Sydney Channel 9 television station alongside Artarmon road at 1pm on Friday 22nd January 1999. In the event of rain at this time the launch will be re-located to the Campbell Room at Twin Towers Motor Inn, 260 Pacific Highway, Artarmon.

The book has been written by Scott Balson, the Internet webmaster for Pauline Hanson's One Nation. It has been published by Interactive Presentations Pty Ltd. Balson will address the media at the launch.

"Murder by Media, Death of Democracy in Australia" is based around three years of research that the author has undertaken privately on the Internet and by assessing thousands of articles and "opinion" pieces that have appeared in Australian newspapers. It is important to note that the book is written in Balson's private capacity and has had absolutely no input from anyone in executive roles at One Nation at either a state or federal level neither has it been sanctioned by the party. The book heralds the arrival of a new age as we pass from the information age into the age of enlightenment. The author believes that a growing number of books like this one will be published as we move into the 21st Century. They will, amongst other media-reviled "populist" issues, challenge the often nonsensical opinions being presented by the media - using the globally available resources of the Internet as a backup reference medium.

"It is my belief that the time has now run out for many journalists and editors in Australia," said Balson. "They have usurped their right to be upholders of freedom of speech and custodians of objective and balanced reporting. Simply put, they have failed dismally.

"'Murder by Media, Death of Democracy in Australia' clearly challenges their track record in recent years - Hanson and One Nation make the basis of an excellent case study on this subject. For objective, honest journalists the information carried in the book should be of serious concern.

"As Thomas Jefferson said in 1819: 'Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper'. His words, unfortunately, still ring true today.

"What Australians must not lose sight of is that journalistic ethics today are seriously compromised because there are not many options left for a journalist who upsets the duopoly of Packer or Murdoch.

"Australia under the polarised Packer/Murdoch media empires has lost democracy in the true sense of the word. This book looks behind the scenes and exposes just how this new Australian order of big business behind the major parties control and manipulate the political system to their own benefit."

Book stats: Approx 120,000 words; 272 pages; 40+ colour photos, over 400 links to the Internet.

Copies of the book will be sold at the launch. Balson will attempt to deliver a complimentary copy to Jamie Packer through the Channel 9 reception after the launch. A copy of his letter to Mr Packer will be included in media kits to be handed out.

The book may be ordered online at:, or by sending a payment of $27 (which includes postage) to S Balson, P.O. Box 11, Mt Crosby News, 4306, QLD or by visiting your nearest Dymocks book store - our national distributors. The author will be signing books at the George Str branch of Dymocks on Saturday 23rd between midday and 2pm.

Media enquiries may be directed to Scott Balson on 07 3201 1353
(or 015 477 609 or 9439 1388 while the author is in Sydney 22nd to 24th January)

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