Use of Anonymous Press Officers

I find it telling, and hilarious, that the same Government that is seeking to censor and regulate the media, including the use of confidential sources (p. 5 of the pdf), replies to questions from the media anonymously.

We asked Premier Ewart Brown -- the Minister responsible for the proposed media council -- a series of questions about it last week. He did not provide answers but an anonymous Government spokesman e-mailed these responses, which he said could not be attributed to Dr. Brown:

That's all you need to know about this whole farce.

The first item for a new media council should be to ban the use of anonymous press officers.

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