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Australia’s media climate: Time to renegotiate control

Volume 14, Issue 2

September, 2008

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Johnston, J., & Pearson, M. (2008). Australia's media climate: Time to renegotiate control. Pacific Journalism Review, 14(2): 72-85.
The public right to know
Author(s): Jane Johnston, Mark Pearson
Publication date: 
October, 2008

In 2007, Australia was rated by two international media bodies as well down the chain in media freedom. Within its own borders, internal media groups—in particular the Australian Press Council and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, as well as a consortium of major employer groups—have recently released reports investigating the position of media freedoms. This atricle examines a select few of these shrinking freedoms which range from the passive restrcitions on access to documents to the overt threat of imprisonment for publishing sensitive material. In particular, it considers laws relating to freedom of information, camera access to courts, shield laws and whistleblower protection and finally revamped anti-terrorism laws. The article maps the landscape of Australia's downgraded press fredom and suggests that laws controlling media reportage need to be renegotiated.