Reg hacks warned off drugs

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the union for journalists in Australia, has warned members not to offer cocaine at its annual Walkley Awards for excellent excellence in journalism.

The Alliance has even issued a statement in which is says "The account of people associated with MEAA offering cocaine at the Walkley Awards last year is disturbing and distressing."

"MEAA seeks to uphold high ethical standards in every aspect of our work, and expects that of all employees and officers at all times."

"Our rules provide for strict sanctions, including expulsion, for anyone found guilty of serious misconduct. If information comes to light which identifies the individual(s) involved, MEAA will take appropriate steps under our rules to deal with them."

The Reg's Australian writers are not MEAA members, but are now reconsidering the benefits of Alliance membership. ®

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