David McBride’s lawyer, Mark Davis, spoke to Radio National this morning to discuss the concerning developments in his current case.
His team were denied the opportunity to present evidence to the court which forced David to alter his plea to guilty.
The Alliance for Journalists Freedom is highly concerned with the development of this case. As advocates for press freedom we strongly believe that a journalists’ sources must be kept confidential. That David McBride, the initial whistleblower for what became the Afghan Files, is the first to be charged since the Brereton Report is highly concerning for press freedom in Australia.
We are strongly advocating for the government to drop the charges against him and pursue reforms to protect journalists and their sources so that charges like this cannot be brought again.
Listen to the fully interview here.