World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, we've brought together some of Australia’s best journos.

This is their message.

#WPFD2020 #PressFreedom

Feature

Covid19 accelerated the media’s woes, but is there hope?

The media industry has been through enormous upheaval due to Covid-19, in part because it was underway before the virus. This recent SMH piece details the closures of multiple media mastheads in Australia. The signs are grim: the closure of AAP; the continuing diminishment of local news in regional areas and the lack of a sustainable funding model for public…
Advocacy & Action

Regional Coalition call on Duterte Govt to re-open ABS-CBN

View the letter and list of signatories here.The Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom has gathered a group of top media organisations in the region, press freedom experts and journalists to call on the Duterte Government of the Philippines to re-open the ABS-CBN network and ensure press freedom in the country moving forward. The network is a critical service for the filipino…
Feature

Support the media, support press freedom

Columbia Journalism Review published an article titled 'What needs to be done to help the media industry?' which explores how the disintegration of the traditional financial model and the advent of the coronavirus have decimated media's future, unless we collectively act to support it. The piece explores the possibility of treating news publishers as non-for-profit organisations, as well as increasing…
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.

Recent Efforts

An insight into where we’re heading

AJF Directors gave an insight to where we believe the Australian conversation needs to head, when they presented to a Senate Standing Committee on press freedom.

The hearing for this was on Friday 18th October 2019 at Parliament House, Canberra.

The Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom made a submission and was subsequently asked to attend the hearing and give evidence.

Founding directors Professor Peter Greste, Chris Flynn and Peter Wilkinson attended. The following snippets give a brief idea of the AJF’s hearing and our two main clarion calls: a Media Freedom Act and a collaborative taskforce, to rebuild trust in democratic institutions, including the media.

The Numbers

Recent Incidents

6

Journalists killed in 2020

250

Journalists imprisoned now

64

Journalists missing
Source: CPJ Data & Research (as of December 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.

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

President-elect of the Law Council of Australia, Past President of both the Law Society of NSW, and the 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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