‘Terrorist’ slur leads to watchdog ruling against rival networks

An incident which saw a Nine cameraman sacked after calling a man a terrorist has resulted in Seven and Ten being found to have breached the commercial TV code of practice in how they represented the confrontation.

The incident took place last year after a court hearing. The man became involved in a row with cameraman Simon Fuller after his son had appeared in court.

Afterwards Seven and Ten aired part of the incident in their coverage of the court case without showing that the man was provoked by the “terrorist” comment. Media Watch later aired the full footage showing Fuller’s behaviour..

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Simon Fuller

Fuller was suspended by Nine and later left the organisation. He now lists himself on LinkedIn as a video content producer for Melbourne’s Blackmagic Design.

According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority: “In both cases, the ACMA found that this omission of contextual material resulted in: factual material not being presented accurately; news not being presented fairly.”

Nine was not covered by the ruling because it did not air the confrontation.

The watchdog also ruled: “Seven and Ten did not breach provisions of the code relating to the fair representation of viewpoints, portrayal in a negative light by placing gratuitous emphasis on religion, and provocation of dislike or contempt on the grounds of religion, race or ethnic origin. “


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