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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

10 February 2005

Peter Hunt Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, has written to the Australian Museum asking what action will be taken in relation to reconsidering the $10,000 2004 Peter Hunt Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism.

This follows the Australian Broadcasting Authority's finding today on the "Lords of the Forest" broadcast on the ABC Television Four Corners program on 16 February 2004.

The story was part of a series that was awarded the Australian Museum's 2004 Peter Hunt Eureka Prize in August 2004.

"I am concerned that this prestigious award, sponsored by my Department, has been given to a story that may not have met the highest standards of journalism," Senator Campbell said.

The ABC's Independent Complaints Review Panel report in December 2004 partially upheld complaints of bias and inaccuracy in the "Lords of the Forests" program, citing three 'serious breaches'.

The ABA has further determined that the ABC breached clause 4.1 of the ABC Code of Practice by failing to present factual content accurately. The ABA found a map depicting Tasmania forestry reserves was misleading.

"I have written to the President of the Australian Museum Trust, Brian Sherman, seeking advice from the Museum, which administers the Eureka Prizes, on this matter.

Media contact:
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos on 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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