Media Freedom Act for
Journalists’ Freedom

Media Freedom Act for
Journalists’ Freedom

In the last decade there have been over 80 pieces of legislation introduced to increase security in Australia that impact on press freedom – ironically, that legislation weakens what it is designed to protect: some of the foundations of our democracy including press freedom.

The Media Freedom Act (MFA), outlined in AJF’s White Paper, will act as a shield against the security legislation, which we need to give judges more power to protect the public’s right to know.

Timeline: this project is advanced; the campaign for this has been underway since early 2019 when AJF became operational. With various components underway, including the drafting of the Act and the development of a National Working Group which seeks to bring together security agencies and heads of media to build trust, this is a long-term project which we expect to continue for the next five years.

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