Global organisation Human Rights Watch has criticised Australia’s poorly defined national security laws and critical lack of press freedom legislation in their recent annual report. The Age describe this in a recent article, which can be read here.

Australia begins 2020 in 21st position on RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, having slipped two places since 2018.  Recommendations from the two parliamentary inquiries (undertaken in response to the AFP raids of 2019) will be provided in the coming months, so Australia’s parliament have the opportunity to rectify the country’s damaging lack of press freedom protections in its legislation.

 

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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.