Protect press freedom in Australia

Protect press freedom in Australia

Australian journalists are facing the greatest assault on press freedom in peacetime.

New laws threaten journalists with up to 10 years jail for reporting on “special intelligence operations”; journalists’ telecommunications data will be accessed in secret with the aim of identifying and pursuing whistleblowers, the Australian Federal Police is receiving repeated requests from government departments to investigate the sources for news stories on asylum seeker and detention centre matters with the Border Force Act threatening whistleblowers with two years’ jail.

Legitimate journalism in the public interest is being criminalised. Freedom of Information requests are bogged down in delay and the ...

Australian journalists are facing the greatest assault on press freedom in peacetime.

New laws threaten journalists with up to 10 years jail for reporting on “special intelligence operations”; journalists’ telecommunications data will be accessed in secret with the aim of identifying and pursuing whistleblowers, the Australian Federal Police is receiving repeated requests from government departments to investigate the sources for news stories on asylum seeker and detention centre matters with the Border Force Act threatening whistleblowers with two years’ jail.

Legitimate journalism in the public interest is being criminalised. Freedom of Information requests are bogged down in delay and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner may be closed.

Sign this petition calling on the Prime Minister, a former journalist himself, to support press freedom and open and transparent government.

This is a campaign of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

 

(Artwork by Sam Wallman)


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Stop criminalising journalism

Take action now by signing the petition to Malcolm Turnbull and Christian Porter.

Dear Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General Christian Porter,

In the name of press freedom and government accountability, we call on the Turnbull government to withdraw the Bill until it is rewritten to protect journalists from criminal prosecution.