ACMA clarifies asylum seeker privacy claims

5 January 2012:  The Australian Communications and Media Authority seeks to correct inaccurate media reporting about its recently published Privacy Guidelines for Broadcasters 2011.  Its publication concludes the first review of the ACMA’s guidelines since their introduction in 2005. ‘Some media outlets have claimed that the guidelines are imposing new privacy restrictions on the electronic media,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. ‘This is simply not the case.’ A particular erroneous claim being made is that the guidelines restrict the coverage by the media of the arrival of asylum seekers to Australia.

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