Dick Smith takes another swipe at Murdoch

Outspoken entrepreneur Dick Smith has taken another swipe at media mogul Rupert Murdoch, urging him to hold a major public interview while he is in the country about his "vision for Australia".

The call comes days after Mr Smith complained of censorship in the Murdoch press, saying News Ltd had rejected a "buy Australian" magazine he wanted to pay $180,000 to have inserted in their publications because it contained criticism of Mr Murdoch.

Mr Smith was scathing in July about the company's Australian operations chief, Kim Williams, for not running a paid advertisement that said News Ltd was not interested in free speech.

On Thursday, Mr Smith asked Mr Murdoch, "the person of influence with 70 per cent of our print media", whether he would do an interview to provide his opinion on issues including Australia's current political leadership, the direction of the economy, how refugees should be dealt with and climate change.

"These are matters your editorial writers pass judgment on all the time, and it would be very healthy for our democracy to learn more about the views of the man who employs them all," Mr Smith said in a statement.

"It would be a real sign of your commitment to a free press if you would agree.

"Perhaps you could appear on ABC TV's Q&A or Channel 10's Bolt Report?"

Mr Smith said in a letter sent to AAP last week that he had about 500,000 copies of his "Dick Smith's Magazine of Forbidden Ideas" that he didn't know what to do with after the Murdoch press refused to distribute them because they criticised the media baron.

Mr Smith also provided an email sent to him - with the sender details blacked out but which was presumably from the company - that said "no mention can be made that the Murdoch press is US owned".

His edited insert is now entitled "Dick Smith's Magazine of Aussie Grown Foods".

Comment was being sought from News Ltd.

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