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The NT’s Government blacklisting of news outlet NT Independent seems to be based on personal relationships, rather than concerns about the journalism practiced by the outlet.

The AJF commented, saying that the NT Government should reverse its position on the NT Independent immediately.

“We can’t imagine any Australian government — state or federal — would knowingly restrict press freedom. News publishers should not be denied access or contact with governments because of personal issues,” AJF director Chris Flynn said.

“The NT Government should allow access and contact to independent public-interest journalists.”

The AJF works with governments to ensure legislation appropriately supports the public’s right to know. We aim to work with the Gunner government to resolve this issue for both parties.

View the ABC report on it here.


Picture credit: ABC News, Hamish Harty