Freelancer Criticises Media Boss, Twitterstorm Erupts

You don’t want to mess with the Mamamia fandom.

1. As the creator of one of Australia’s most popular websites Mamamia, journalist and businesswoman Mia Freedman has become a prominent social commentator, especially on issues facing Australian women.

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While Mia has a devoted following online, in recent years she has received criticism for her politics — especially the way she is often regarded as a voice of feminism — and also her business practices (such as not paying Mamamia contributors).

2. Clarification: AEST 11:00, Wednesday 19 March. The editor of has confirmed that that all original contributors are paid for their work.

3. Yesterday, freelance writer Eleanor Robertson created a minor Twitterstorm when she live-tweeted her reading of Mia’s 2009 memoir, Mama Mia: A Memoir of Mistakes, Magazines and Motherhood.

38. Mia Freedman has not commented on the matter herself – but Eleanor’s followers have just about doubled.

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