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Press freedom under attack: why Filipino journalist Maria Ressa’s arrest should matter to all of us

In a scene right out of a thriller, agents from the Filipino National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided journalist and editor Maria Ressa’s Manila office at 5pm on Wednesday February 13, after most courts had closed. They took her from the Rappler newsroom where she is editor, to a police watch house and threw her in a cell. Ressa’s lawyer…
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Maria Ressa arrested in the Philippines

Maria Ressa, award winning journalist and CEO of Rappler has been arrested in the Philippines, under the accusation of "cyber libel". Shortly after receiving the arrest warrant, she told CNN reporters "the rule of law has been broken to the point that I can't see it." The grounds for arrest are blurred and the arrest warrant was issued too late…
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The Case For A Media Freedom Act

This is the op-ed by Prof. Peter Greste published in The Australian this morning, to start our campaign for a Media Freedom Act.   One of the central tenets of a successful liberal democracy is press freedom. As voters, we employ our elected officials to run the government on our behalf, and as with all bosses, we have a right…
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 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.

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 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

57

Journalists killed in 2018 - 2019

251

Journalists imprisoned in 2018

60

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

The Board

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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.

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Chris Flynn

Director

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

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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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