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 the urgent need for law reform to ensure professional journalism and whistleblowers are appropriately protected.”

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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.

Please help us gather this data by taking this short survey, and sharing it with other journalists, publishers and press freedom organisations, so that we can design effective and long-term regional solutions to support press freedom in the Asia–Pacific.