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Media polarisation dangerous for democracy and for science: Sinodinos

Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Arthur Sinodinos, former minister and Australia’s ambassador-designate to Washington, has warned that the media is becoming a polarised “battleground”, which is dangerous for democracy and science, writes Michelle Gratten.

He said it was much easier for parties to be fragmented these days “because it’s much easier for individuals to get a platform, partly through the way the media itself is fragmented.”

A free, independent press is a critical safeguard of human rights: Arthur Moses National Press Club

Wednesday 04 September, 2019

Law Council of Australia President Arthur Moses and defamation law specialist Matt Collins addressed the National Press Club today about the "creeping erosion of human rights and freedoms" in the face of increasing national security laws "which pose a threat to press freedom and personal liberties."
In his speech he said:

My crime is journalism: #Antidote festival of ideas

Sunday 01 September, 2019

International journalists Maria Ressa, Lina Attalah, Irina Borogan and Steve Coll were on a panel in conversation with Peter Greste today, at the Opera House’s Antidote  festival of ideas.

The #antidote to fake news is good journalism that allows people to speak

Sunday 01 September, 2019

Who gets to speak, is one of the questions being tackled at a session in today’s Antidote talks at the Sydney Opera House.

We are not proposing to be above the law: ABC submission to Security Committee

Tuesday 13 August, 2019
“The ABC thinks national security is important and we are not proposing that we be above the law,” said David Anderson, fronting the national broadcaster’s submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

The ABC’s submission, taking place this morning, is focusing on “responsible changes” that could be made to the current laws, so that security issues are taken into account, but that media and whistleblowers can report independently in the public interest.

Police raids on media had a chilling effect: Security Committee in session today

Tuesday 13 August, 2019
The Parliamentary Committee inquiring into security issues after the recent raids on media is sitting today in Sydney to discuss the issues raised by media after the recent raids.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security will be in session all day today.

radioinfo is there.

The consortium led by the ABC, News Limited and Channel Nine is currently presenting to the committee, to explain further its submission that says the recent raids have had "a chilling effect" on journalists and whistleblowers.

Our country is a better place because of journalists and whistleblowers: Andrew Wilkie MP

Tuesday 30 July, 2019
Independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie gave a talk this evening in Parliament House Canberra about independent media.
Wilkie, a former army officer and intelligence analyst in the Office of National Assessments (ONA), knows first hand about the importance of independent media.

The Walkley Foundation and MEAA call for media freedom in Asia-Pacific region

Friday 04 April, 2014

Jailed Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste will be the focus of a joint campaign “30 Days of Press Freedom” by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), The Walkley Foundation for Journalism and the International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific.

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