Media denies alleged pressure over property reports

Newspaper bosses reject claims of real estate industry heavying over bad publicity on the property market and real estate reforms.

Cabinet minister Clayton Cosgrove, spearheading real estate industry reforms, claimed yesterday that industry bosses met senior Fairfax and other media executives and threatened to pull millions of dollars in advertising unless more favourable reports appeared.

He had been told this by “senior editorial people” in a number of newspapers.

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