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AUSTRALIA: Fairfax journalist sacked over critical Crikey article

Paddy Manning ... sacked after writing an opinion piece for Crikey. Image: ABC

Friday, April 12, 2013

Item: 8253

SYDNEY (ABC News / Pacific Media Watch): Fairfax business journalist Paddy Manning has been sacked for writing an opinion piece fiercely critical of the publisher's recently-announced restructure and its use of so-called "advertorials".

The senior reporter was dismissed after writing an online piece for Crikey, in which he attacked the company's restructure plans and the editorial practices at the Australian Financial Review.

Manning described a new Commonwealth Bank-sponsored column as "rubbishy" and said it was a perfect example of why the business sections of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age should not be merged with the Financial Review Group.

He said such "creeping advertorials" came at the expense of proper business reporting and analysis.

Manning's axing was likely to overshadow a planned meeting between Fairfax journalists and the media union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

The MEAA iplans a meeting with journalists to discuss the company's restructure plans.

Paddy Manning 'resigns' - Crikey

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