Boycott Fairfax, says SFP

The SFP has called for a boycott of Fairfax Media outlets in retaliation for biased coverage of hunting and shooting issues.

Shooters have been furious about the most recent series of articles by Fairfax journalist Heath Aston in which he named Game Council officers over an alleged illegal hunting incident.

One of the men, Andy Mallen, has since been cleared of any involvement, while the Game Council is confident Greg McFarland will also be vindicated.

Fairfax has been accused of aiding a smear campaign against the Game Council and the imminent introduction of hunting in some NSW national parks.

The call for a boycott was made by SFP MLC Robert Borsak, who was already angry about Fairfax stories that said he was under police investigation and faced losing his parliamentary seat, and he says those stories were untrue.

“We have to tell Fairfax that their bias is totally unacceptable,” Mr Borsak said. “They consider themselves a professional media outlet but that’s very hard to believe after what we’ve read recently as well as over a number of years.”

He said the articles focusing on the allegation of illegal hunting by Game Council officers were “as low as it can get”.

“Just when the SMH needs to go upmarket and establish integrity, they are going tabloid and Fleet Street. What next? Phone tapping?”

“Do not buy any Fairfax national or local papers, do not visit their websites and tell their advertisers about this boycott,” Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Robert Borsak said. “No one in the hunting and shooting industry should be placing ads in any of their publications.”

A full list of Fairfax outlets and other assets is available here.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.


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