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I have had the privilege of working on a nice little letter to WA News today. It seems that the West Australian’s blatant bias during the WA Election extends beyond its own pages, and into the Kalgoorlie Miner.

The Greens’ candidate for Kalgoorlie, Peter Burger, has literally been cropped out of a photo in the WA News-owned Kalgoorlie Miner. This follows a deliberate campaign by the West of excluding and ridiculing the Greens in the one-paper-state.

Here is an open letter that we are trying to break into alternative news, such as blogs and Crikey. Do your bit if you can 🙂

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE KALGOORLIE MINER/WA NEWS

Dear Editor

I refer to your Election Countdown article on the candidates’ breakfast

(Kalgoorlie Miner, 23/2/05, p5). It appears that the Greens candidate,

Peter Burger, has been excluded from the group photo, despite being

present at the breakfast and having his photograph taken several times

by the Kalgoorlie Miner.

I am sure that you are aware of the West Australian’s blatant

misrepresentation and exclusion of the WA Greens in their coverage of

the state election, to the point where the Greens actually needed to

purchase space in the paper to apologise to the readership on behalf of

the editors. We have accepted that West will accept our money but not

our opinions, but we are most surprised that the Kalgoorlie Miner would

go so far as to actually chop a candidate out of a photograph.

Has there been a directive from the Perth office to exclude coverage of

Greens candidates in the State election, or have the team at the Miner

arrived at this decision on their own?

This media bias cannot continue without question. The people of WA are

becoming increasingly concerned about the environment, are becoming

disillusioned with the major parties’ approach to social justice,

education and health, and are angry about the global decisions being

made on their behalf. I suspect that WA News is more interested in

representing the concerns of business than the interests of the citizens

of WA.

With people having greater access to alternative media via the internet

(http://wa.greens.org.au), it is only a matter of time before the

Greens’ message gets out. Shame they won’t be reading about it in the

paper.

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