Thousands back inquiry into Murdoch's Australian media 'monopoly'

Sydney (AFP) – More than 180,000 people have signed a petition launched by former prime minister Kevin Rudd calling for an inquiry into Rupert Murdoch’s dominance over Australian news media.The petition caused glitches on the Australian parliament website Monday as it experienced a 500 percent spike in traffic.It urges the conservative government to establish a Royal Commission — the top level of inquiry in Australia — to “ensure a strong, diverse” media.The Australian arm of Murdoch’s New York-headquartered News Corp is the country’s largest news organisation, with papers in nearly every ma…

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