Ethics clash sinks EY Business Journalism Awards
By Pattrick Smellie
July 28 (BusinessDesk) – Accounting firm EY appears to have killed off its own annual Business Journalism Awards by attempting to disqualify entries from the National Business Review relating to the accounting scandals in the Australian and New Zealand operations of FujiXerox, where EY is the auditor.
NBR publicly withdrew from the awards this morning followed by journalists from Fairfax Media, NZME, and Radio New Zealand withdrawing their entries, as did freelance commentator Rod Oram. BusinessDesk did not enter the awards.
One of two independent award judges and the winner of last year’s top prize, Rebecca Macfie, said in an interview with NBR that it had been clear from the outset that NBR reporter Karyn Scherer’s stories on FujiXerox were a problem for the two EY judges, former managing partner Rob McLeod and …