Was Jacintha Saldanha’s death a proxy murder? Check the following video link and decide for yourself. Note that you will need the sound turned up for part 1 and that you will so a real proxy murder occur in slow motion. It is video that people under 18 should NOT look at.
Below are the URL addresses for 2 ACMA reports that may have contributed to the “global environment of recklessness’ that led to 2Day FM deciding that it was okay to break the law and secretly record the conversation with Jacintha and then broadcast it.
ACMA Report 2780
- Clause 7(1)(h) of Schedule 2 of the Australian Broadcasting Services Act specifies that “… the licensee will not use broadcasting services in the commission of an offense against another Act or a law of a State or Territory.”
- Secretly recording the telephone conversation was an indictable offense that carries a penalty of up to 5 years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine for an individual and a fine of up to $500,000 for an organization.
- The previous blog reveals that the ACMA is trying to ignore this statute law and write of 2Day FM’s actions a just a “prank.”
- It was not a prank; it was a commercial decision that tried to “trump the regulators’ by violating federal and NSW laws that prohibit the secret recording of telephone calls.
- Like “News of the World”, 2Day FM broke the law.
- The penalty should be the same, i.e. shut down , but since a person died, those responsible should answer in a criminal court and not in the mass media or through a behind closed doors, out-of-court compensation payment for that protects no-one from the ‘next’ potentially lethal incident.
Ron Medlicott (A Christian advocate for welfare justice.)
Note: (A) The short link for this URL is http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-bo
(B) I am a teacher, not a lawyer; the word “advocate” refers to a viewpoint, not a profession.