Media Release: response to ABC appeal decision

Why we need a Media Freedom Act The ABC has made the decision not to appeal the Federal Court ruling that the AFP’s warrant to conduct a raid of the ABC’s Ultimo offices was valid. It has decided it can’t litigate its way to reforming fundamentally bad laws. This further stresses the need for a Media Freedom Act. “The principle…

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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…

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Peter Greste on Julian Assange

Whatever you think of Assange, his case has broad implications. There are two images of Julian Assange that display the deeply contradictory views of his supporters and his critics. The first is of Assange at the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, microphone in hand, addressing the media gathered in the street below. That low-angle image captures the hero…

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US journalist denied entry to Hong Kong

According to the CPJ, US journalist, Michael Yon, was barred from entering Hong Kong by immigration authorities, on 05 February. Yon has been critical of China’s Communist Party in his coverage of the Hong Kong demonstrations. Read more here. Photo credit: Reuters / Hannah Mckay

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Chilling attack on journalism in wake of Coronavirus

MISSING: Citizen Journalist, Chen Qiushi Yet another journalist is missing in China which already has an appalling track record for restricting press freedom. Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin have documented the outbreak of Coronavirus from Wuhan since the outbreak, broadcasting from their mobile phones. Thousands rely on the two men for the latest from the province where the virus was…

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Journalism under threat in Europe

Colombia Journalism Review published a piece drawing attention to a report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, which surveyed journalists from 16 countries to determine their working conditions and the attacks they face. The report, titled ‘Fighting Words: Journalism Under Assault in Central and Eastern Europe’ notes the similar patterns, or tactics used, which…

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‘Trust Nuggets’ – techniques to restore trust in journalism

In an interesting piece from Washington based Global Investigative Journalism Network, GIJN explores how they’re working with Gannett’s regional-based data and investigations team to implement tech that helps rebuild readers’ trust in investigative journalism. They’re using ‘Trust Nuggets’, which are essentially bite-sized bits of information on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind any investigative story, sprinkled throughout the broader piece. In…

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American journalist detained in Indonesia

Philip Jacobsen, 30, is an award winning young journalist who has been critical of environmental degradation and reported on alleged corruption in Indonesia. Jacobsen’s passport was confiscated in December in Palangkaraya, and on January 21 he was detained under the suspicion of committing a visa violation against the 2011 immigration law. This means he could face a sentence of up…

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