The Zionist Federation of Australia welcomed the decision by the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) to launch an investigation into ABC’s 27 May Q&A episode that focused on the recently-concluded Hamas–Israel violence.
The ZFA submitted a complaint to the ABC after that episode, only to have it dismissed within days. The ABC’s response did not actually address many of the ZFA’s arguments.
The ZFA subsequently made a complaint to the ACMA, which has launched an investigation into the ZFA complaint.
ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “The Q&A episode was so woefully one-sided, and the ABC’s response to our complaint was so woefully dismissive that a complaint to the ACMA was the only option available to us. While we welcome the ACMA’s apparent decision that the ABC’s conduct in this matter requires investigation, the ZFA strongly believes the ABC needs a properly-independent, external complaints mechanism. That way, issues can be dealt with properly the first time and the ABC can become accountable to its owners, which are the Australian tax payer.”
The ZFA complaint to the ABC is here. The ABC’s inadequate response is here. The ZFA’s subsequent complaint to the ACMA is here.
According to the ACMA, its investigation is likely to take several months.