Press Freedom - Expert Panel Discussion
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Tickets available until 11 July 2019 6:00 PM
ABC Radio National's Scott Stephens will chair our expert panel as we discuss the realities of press freedom in Australia in light of the recent Australian Federal Police raids on journalists.
Is there really a free press in Australia? How can we make sure that we preserve the independence of the media? Will we know when press freedom is threatened?
Join former national affairs editor with The Courier-Mail, Dennis Atkins, the editor of the Brisbane Times, Danielle Cronin and crime and courts editor, The Courier-Mail, Kate Kyriacou as they discuss this very important issue.
"We urge Parliament to legislate changes to the law to recognise and enshrine a positive public interest protection for whistleblowers and for journalists. Without these protections Australians will be denied important information it is their right as citizens to have.
We urge you to take prompt action to protect our democracy for all Australians."
Open letter to the Prime Minister, Honourable Scott Morrision, Leader of the Opposition and Members of Parliament organised by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) and signed by three dozen of Australia’s most prominent and acclaimed journalists and media organisations.
"The tool we recommend is a media freedom act that positively puts the role of the press in the middle of our legal system." Professor Peter Greste
"It is fundamental to a functioning democracy that journalists must be free to report on the government in the public interest, free of intimidation." The Walkley Foundation