Press Freedom Australia Dinner 2015
Over 400 people joined us at the 2015 Press Freedom Australia Dinner in Sydney on May 1 as we continued the campaign and released the annual Press Freedom Report. The theme: Press Freedom under Surveillance.
Author, Gold Walkley award-winner and former Channel Seven Sunday Night investigative journalist Ross Coulthart discussed the threats to every journalist arising from Australia’s national security regime, with Ten Eyewitness News senior journalist and editor Sandra Sully emceeing. Listen to the audio recording of Ross’ address.
The Press Freedom Australia Dinner is a fun night with a serious message. New national security laws represent the greatest assault on press freedom in Australia in peacetime. Journalists face jail terms of up to 10 years for simply doing their job. The new journalist information warrant system will operate in secret, allowing the government to access journalists’ metadata in order to hunt down whistleblowers seeking to expose wrongdoing, fraud, waste and corruption.
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. In 2014, the Asia-Pacific became the world’s deadliest region with 39 journalists killed. Of these, 35 were directly targeted for their work. These grim statistics account for nearly a third of all journalists killed around the world in 2014.
The Press Freedom Australia Dinner 2015 was made possible with the support of our partners: