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Advocacy & Action

Peter Wilkinson: Press freedom needs to be enshrined in law

Raids by the AFP on Australian journalists should concern everyone who cares about independent media This article was originally published in the Daily Telegraph. If ever there was a demonstration of the need for a Media Freedom Act, this is it. The heavy-handed raids this week set a shocking benchmark for diminished press freedom in Australia. It is long since…
Advocacy & Action

Statement Re: AFP raid of journalist Annika Smethurst’s home

In response to the raid of Annika Smethurst's home by the AFP, Chris Flynn, legal spokesperson of the AJF (and Partner at Gilbert + Tobin) can be quoted as follows: “News of the AFP’s raid of Annika Smethurst’s home, mobile phone and computer is deeply concerning to the AJF, and should be to all Australians.  In any democracy, journalism that covers…
Advocacy & Action

AJF White Paper plots law reform pathway for Press Freedom

Download the whitepaper hereThe Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom has released a White Paper that provides seven recommendations for legislative change to strengthen press freedom in Australia. The recommendations include a framework underpinned by a Media Freedom Act that balances press freedom and national security interests, protecting journalists engaged in their work from unwarranted prosecution or civil liability. Each of the…
About us

We’re the Alliance for
Journalists’ Freedom

The Public’s Right to Know: The AJF promotes media freedom worldwide and the right of journalists to report the news in freedom and safety. This includes working with Australian governments to ensure legislation supports media freedom.

When journalists are silenced, democracy and human rights suffer. We campaign in the Asia–Pacific region, wherever journalists are censored, threatened, imprisoned or killed.

About us

We’re the Alliance for
Journalists’ Freedom

The Public’s Right to Know: The AJF promotes media freedom worldwide and the right of journalists to report the news in freedom and safety. This includes working with Australian governments to ensure legislation supports media freedom.

When journalists are silenced, democracy and human rights suffer. We will campaign in the Asia Pacific region, wherever journalists are censored, threatened, imprisoned or killed.

The Numbers

Recent Incidents

5

Journalists killed in 2019

250

Journalists imprisoned in 2018

60

Journalists missing globally
Source: CPJ Data & Research (as of February 1st 2019)
Who We Are

The Board

Peter Greste

Spokesperson, Director

An award-winning journalist, author and academic. He was imprisoned in 2013/4 for 400 days while covering the unfolding political crisis in Egypt.

Chris Flynn

Director

Partner at legal firm Gilbert + Tobin with substantial pro bono work defending human rights.

Peter Wilkinson

Chair

Former journalist with 30 years experience. Now a corporate affairs consultant.

Louisa Graham

Director

Walkley Foundation Chief Executive, with a background in media and not-for-profit management.

Colin Tate

Director

Conexus Financial Chief Executive with extensive experience on the boards of not-for-profits.

Olivia Pirie-Griffiths

Executive Director

Experience in campaigns, fundraising and creative strategy.

Advisory Board

Steven Butler

Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists, New York.

The Hon Bob Carr

Started his career as a journalist, became the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales (1995-2005), and went on to become Foreign Minister of Australia (2012-2013).

Danny Gilbert AM

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin.

Gerard Ryle

Director of ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), Washington.

Pauline Wright

Executive Director (Treasurer) of the Law Council of Australia, Past President of the Law Society of NSW, and President of NSW Council for Civil Liberties.

Samantha Yorke

Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google Australia.

Advocacy & Action

Our purpose is to advocate for media freedom and journalists’ safety. We will either work with governments to create change, or publicly advocate to change government policy.

Research

Research is central to what we do. We want to make sure that our contributions to public debate and policy-making are underpinned by empirical research. That way, you will know that whatever statements we make will be well informed, accurate and up to date.

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