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AAP to close in June

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Advocacy & Action

Media Release: response to ABC appeal decision

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Advocacy & Action

ABC won’t appeal Federal Court ruling

The Federal Court recently ruled that the AFP raids on ABC offices in Ultimo were valid. The ABC have today announced they will not lodge an appeal. This decision is unsurprising, and comes as a result of the current legislative landscape. Once again, another sign we need a Media Freedom Act. ABC's Managing Director, David Anderson, said "This outcome demonstrates…
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.

Louisa Graham

Director

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

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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