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Senator threatens Murdoch with subpoena following refusal to front inquiry



An Australian Greens Senator is threatening to issue a subpoena to compel Murdoch to front the ongoing national inquiry into media diversity

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has delivered a thinly-veiled threat to issue Lachlan Murdoch with a subpoena if he continues to refuse to speak out on the ongoing national inquiry into media diversity.

“There’s no reason he can’t front that inquiry,” she said. ” If he refuses, the committee will consider what we do.”

We have the power, of course, to effectively subpoena people. At this point we’ve asked him to appear. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t.”

“It’s an opportunity for the Murdoch empire to respond to much criticism”

“This is about giving an opportunity for balance,” she said.

The Australian senate inquiry into the state of media diversity has been underway since November 2020. Its purpose is to examine the state of media concentration in Australia.

Australian currently has some of the highest rates of media concentration in the world. A recent Guardian analysis of Emma data found that the top four companies in Australia account for 92% of the market.

Murdoch’s machine of misinformation

More recently, Hanson-Young called for an investigation into Murdoch’s Sky news following Youtube suspending the channel’s account for spreading misinformation.

“When we have such concentrated media, they’re not accountable to anyone,” said Hanson-Young.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help



Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology

‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.

Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.

He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.

Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”

The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.

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