A free press is the backbone of a democratic society, but in times of terror, journalists can become targets and government transparency can be sacrificed for security concerns. Even though Australia hasn’t suffered open violence against their media, in recent years there have been increasing pressures to silence reporting and force journalists to expose confidential sources.
How can journalists report on asylum seekers when access to detention centres is denied?
How can they protect whistleblowers when whistleblowing can now incur a two-year prison sentence? What are the state of shield laws, and how can reporters maintain data security amidst metadata reform and the growing surveillance state?
Join a panel of experts as they look for answers to these questions, and discuss the future of a free press.
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Photography by Megane Callewaert.