AFR Journalists Choose Prizes Over Truth for Aussie Investors
Updated: Feb 8, 2021
The letter below was sent to the Australian Financial Review 'Letters to the Editor' section on 7 June 2020 by Mayfair 101's Managing Director, James Mawhinney. It was in response to an article published by Jonathan Shapiro and Liam Walsh titled 'A Dark Day: the personal toll of Mayfair 101's trouble'.
The AFR refused to publish the letter despite it being sent twice to the AFR's Editor in Chief, Michael Statchbury.
It follows an Australian Press Council complaint submitted by Mayfair 101 on 31 January 2020. The complaint called for an enquiry into the imbalanced reporting of the Australian Financial Review following a series of eight articles published by Jonathan Shapiro that were overwhelmingly negative, selectively omitted key information, were vendetta-like, and were causing damage to the Group's underlying investments.
The Australian Press Council responded on 6 March 2020 advising that it didn't consider a breach of the Press Council's Standards of Practice had occurred.