Join us for the 2013 Press Freedom Media Dinner - check this page for details
Congratulations to all 2013 Press Freedom raffle winners!
1st PRIZE: Escape to your own Balinese paradise: Enjoy the luxury of two romantic nights at Orient-Express’ Jimbaran Puri Bali in a pool villa followed by two amazing nights at Ubud Hanging Gardens in a villa with breakfasts included. Prize includes return airfares. Visit www.jimbaranpuribali.com and www.ubudhanginggardens.com
WINNER: Adrian Thirsk from the ABC
2nd PRIZE: Get snap-happy with the Nikon V2, the latest addition to Nikon’s Nikon 1 advanced camera series with interchangeable lenses. The culmination of Nikon’s best optical technologies, this compact camera is packed with features for image and movie capture. Includes 10-30mm VR f3.5 - 5.6 lens. Visit www.mynikonlife.com.au
WINNER: Africa Zanella from Global Reporter
3rd PRIZE: Enjoy a long weekend at Sydney’s newest hotel Enjoy two nights of accommodation at the heritage-listed boutique 1888 Hotel. Prize includes breakfast and a dinner voucher valued at $250 for award-winning restaurant The Bridge Room. Return flights to Sydney included if needed. Visit www.8hotels.com.au and www.thebridgeroom.com.au
WINNER: Cathy Wilcox from The Sydney Morning Herald
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HOW IMPORTANT IS PRESS FREEDOM?
Last year was one of the bloodiest on record for the media industry. In the Asia-Pacific, 30 journalists and media workers were killed as a result of targeted killings, terrorist attacks or insurgency.
Across the world, some 121 journalists and media workers were killed in targeted attacks and cross-fire. Increasingly, in the most brutal of assaults on press freedom, journalists are being killed for simply doing their job.
Intimidation, harassment, danger – they’re all in a day’s work for journalists, even in our own backyard. Defending the right to report and protecting those who do is a duty that falls to all of us, everywhere, who cherish our profession.
In celebration of UNESCO World Press Freedom Day, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and the Walkley Foundation for Journalism will present the 2013 Press Freedom Media Dinner at Sydney Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, on Friday, May 3.
This major annual fundraising event, supported by the International Federation of Journalists, attracts the media industry’s biggest names and business leaders who come together to take a stand for press freedom and support journalists in danger overseas.
On the night, The State of Press Freedom in Australia report is released, chronicling the areas where Australian journalists are frustrated by attempts to muzzle the media.
In 2013, we welcome two high-profile Australian champions of press freedom to headline the event.
Kate McClymont is a five-time Walkley Award winner who has survived death threats and fought off suppression attempts to cover everything from the kidnapping of dogs to salary cap rorts and serious political skulduggery. The Sydney Morning Herald super-sleuth and prolific tweeter has this year stared down some of Australia’s most colourful operators and left them quaking with daily revelations from the ICAC inquiry.
Hugh Riminton is a fellow Walkley Award winner and the Ten Network Canberra bureau chief, who was once thrown in a cell during a Fiji coup and later had to abandon his office in Beijing because of death threats. In the Philippines, he interviewed the grieving widow of a newspaper editor shot dead in front of his daughter and was threatened with expulsion by parliamentarians for exposing moves to legalise the black market trade in kidneys.
Our dynamic keynote speaker and MC promise revealing insights from our nation’s dark corridors of power and their quests to make the voiceless heard as they launch the annual Australian Press Freedom Report and champion the cause of journalists working here and overseas.
This fun and festive event raises money for a serious cause: the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund, which offers emergency assistance to journalists in the Asia Pacific facing daily dangers and death threats in the line of duty. In 2013, your generous support will help pay to educate children of journalists and media worker