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For the urgent attention of the Board and management of the ABC.

We, the undersigned members of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), note with alarm the demand made by Western Australian Police for confidential information in possession of the Four Corners team producing “Escalation: Climate, Protest and the Fight for the Future”. 

We ask that you resist this anti-democratic overreach and protect the confidence of your sources at all costs. Protection of source confidentiality is a keystone of investigative journalism and forms the basis of shield laws across Australia. 

The MEAA’s Journalists Code of Ethics, in relation to protection of sources, states in part: “where confidences are accepted, respect them in all circumstances”. 

We also draw your attention to the statement of the MEAA’s House Committee on 6 October 2023: “to be seen to be cooperating with the release of footage would not only be morally and ethically wrong; it would seriously damage the ABC’s reputation for creating valuable, public interest journalism and make the position of ABC journalists much more difficult”.

We condemn the actions of the Western Australian Police in seeking this confidential information in the first place, and ask you to stand firm in withholding it.

In trust, 

MEAA members

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