Press Freedom Australia Dinner 2016

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The Walkley Foundation is proud to present, in collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the 2016 Press Freedom Australia Dinner on May 6, 2016, featuring keynote speaker Adele Ferguson.

The dinner raises money for the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund, which provides support for journalists in conflict zones in the Asia-Pacific, as well as emergency assistance in times of disaster. It also funds the education of the children of slain journalists; see below for more details.

The dinner is also the event at which the three organizations announce the release of the annual Press Freedom Report, an assessment of the state of press freedom and trends in Australia over the past 12 months.


Adele Ferguson, 2014 Gold Walkley winner, is a senior business writer and columnist for leading Fairfax newspapers The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review. She is also the author of best-selling unauthorised biography Gina Rinehart: The Untold Story of the Richest Woman in the World. Prior to joining Fairfax, Adele was a senior commentator with The Australian. She has also worked at BRW magazine as deputy editor and chief business commentator, leading many major investigations into the corporate sector. Adele has a bachelor of economics and a bachelor of arts from Adelaide University.

Event details

Date: Friday May 6, 2016
Time: 6.30PM for 7.00PM
Venue: Ivy Ballroom, Ivy, 320 George Street, Sydney
Dress: Cocktail attire
Tickets: Media, not-for-profits and Press Council conference attendees $140 plus GST, others $350 plus GST.
RSVP: Friday April 29. To book individual tickets or enquire about table sponsorships contact

Where the money goes

The Media Safety and Solidarity Fund assists journalists in the Asia-Pacific region through times of emergency, war and hardship. Established in 2005, the fund is a tangible product of strong interregional media partnership.

It is administered through the Asia-Pacific office of the IFJ in collaboration with MEAA and the Media Safety and Solidarity board.


Nepal’s rocky transition to democracy has taken its toll on the country’s media community. Many children of journalists have lost one of their parents, and their families struggle to sustain their livelihoods. In 2015, MSSF is supporting the education of 30 children. It is also helping the media industry get back on its feet after the devastation of the Gorkha earthquake on April 25.


Mary-Grace Martinez with her three daughters, Xhandi Glaze, Ruschiel Faye Marie, Mary Alexandra Nichole. The children’s education is being supported by the MSSF after they lost their father Rosell Morales and their aunt, mary-Grace’s sister Marites Cablites, in the Ampatuan Massacre in the southern Philippines on Nov. 23, 2009. The massacre of 58 people, including 32 journalists, is the worst atrocity ever committed against journalists. Since then, more than 40 Filipino journalists have been murdered in targeted killings.


Pakistan is now the most dangerous country for jounalists in the Asia-Pacific region. Last year, 14 journalists were murdered. Almost all were directly targeted. The MSSF trustees have agreed to establish an education fund, based on the Nepal and Philippines models, to assist the children of these journalists.

The MSSF also works in Vanuatu, Sri Lanka and China to support the families of journalists and advocate for the rights of journalists and media workers.

The Walkley Foundation supports the efforts of the MSSF, MEAA and the IFJ in promoting a free press, without which there is no democracy. The foundation raises awareness about press freedom issues through the annual Press Freedom report, events including the Press Freedom Australia Dinner and 30 Days of Press Freedom, and the Walkley Magazine.