Australian media review moots new regulatory body

CANBERRA An Australian inquiry sparked by concerns about journalistic practices at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. on Friday recommended a new government-funded body to set and enforce standards across the country’s tightly owned media.

Murdoch’s local arm News Ltd immediately rejected the recommendation for a ‘News Media Council’ which could force media to uphold journalistic ethics and issue an apology, correction or retraction, or grant a person right of reply.

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