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, and campaigning in the Asia–Pacific region, wherever journalists are censored, threatened, imprisoned or killed.
The AJF was conceived of by three people: lawyer Chris Flynn, journalist Peter Greste, and strategic communications consultant Peter Wilkinson (also a former journalist). Flynn and Wilkinson worked with the Greste family to free Peter from his 400-day incarceration in Egypt. Subsequently, the three recognised the ongoing threats to the freedom of journalists and of the media more broadly across the South East Asian region.
The AJF is incorporated as a public not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
The day-to-day operations are managed by an executive director.
The AJF is funded by donations from business and philanthropists on the expressed understanding that the funding is independent of the AJF’s activities. Funding is not sought or received from governments.