Press freedom in the age of COVID-19


The Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom is speaking to journalists and publishers in the Asia–Pacific to determine the impact the COVID-19 virus has had – and is having – on press freedom in the region.

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Advocacy & Action

Media Release: AJF calls for release of Cheng Lei

The Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom calls for Chinese authorities to provide due process to Australian TV journalist Cheng Lei, and release her immediately pending any judicial proceedings, in line with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (which China has signed). It also calls on the authorities in China to ensure that any judicial proceedings follow due process. On…
Feature

PJCIS report announced: analysis

The long-awaited report for the Parliamentary Joint Committee for Intelligence and Security's inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and security powers on the freedom of the press was released yesterday afternoon, 26th August. The Alliance for Journalists' Freedom (AJF) has been working closely with the committee throughout the submission and hearing period. We welcome the report's…
Feature

Covid-19 being used to crack down on journalism

Nieman Lab's Jenna Hand reports that the rise of misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted various governments around the world to introduce emergency measures that, whilst often described as being for the purposes of national security and to ensure public safety during the crisis, also significantly stifle journalists' ability to do their job. Julie Posetti, Director of Research at…
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 + Staff

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, government relations, fundraising and creative strategy.

Gary Dickson

Volunteer

Research and Project Manager at PIJI and a tutor in Journalism Law and Ethics at Monash University.

Bronte Wild

Volunteer

Student of Bachelor of Communications: Journalism and Political and Social Sciences at UTS.

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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