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Why Rupert Murdoch is under heavy fire in his native land

Behind the battle roiling Australia's political and media landscapes

| Australia
Rupert Murdoch, pictured in September 2017: his news media became an extremely influential force that Australia had not previously experienced.   © Reuters

Michael Gill is executive counselor at Dragoman. He is a former publisher of the Australian Financial Review.

A petition seeking a royal commission into media ownership in Australia has attracted more than 500,000 signatories. Two of them are recent Prime Ministers of Australia, one of whom has initiated what is an explicit effort to question the role of Rupert Murdoch and the media empire he controls there.

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