2014 Press Freedom Raffle

Each year, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) and The Walkley Foundation, supported by the International Federation of Journalists Asia Pacific, fundraises for the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund to assist colleagues in the Asia Pacific through times of emergency, war and hardship – most recently in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

Thanks to the generosity of Pinctada Cable Beach Resort & SpaAustralia’s North-West TourismNikon Australia and top Australian photographer Pete Longworth we have three amazing prizes on offer:

1st PRIZE: Embark on an adventure to beautiful Broome with Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa and Australia’s North-West Tourism

Our lucky first prize winner will fly from any Australian capital city to northern WA for a luxury tropical treat. This fabulous package includes return economy airfares for two and seven nights’ accommodation in the boutique, five-star Pinctada Cable Beach Resort  and Spa a short walk from Broome’s famous, pristine beach. You’ll also enjoy a dinner for two at the Selene Brasserie and a pampering treatment at the Li’Tya Day Spa, with plenty of time to lounge poolside with a mango cocktail in hand …

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Still need convincing? Check out a taste of the characters and landscapes you’ll encounter on the trip …

2nd PRIZE: Get snap-happy with a $3000 Nikon voucher

This voucher can be spent on product of the winner’s choice in Nikon Australia online or in-store: A brand-new camera with fabulous accessories could be yours!

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3rd PRIZE: Decorate your space with a stunning photographic print by award-winning photographer Pete Longworth

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This beautiful 1m x 67cm canvas print from Pete Longworth’s Hide and Seek series would look fantastic in any home or office

Tickets are $5.00 each or $50 for a book of 10. 

Prizes will be drawn in Sydney on May 2 at the 2014 Press Freedom Australia Dinner, featuring award-winning Fairfax Media journalists Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie with emcee Philippa McDonald, of the ABC.

MEAA will also release the annual State of Press Freedom Australia report to give a detailed overview of the chilling effects of surveillance, suppression and silencing of journalists in Australia.

Raffle booklets and dinner tickets can be ordered from MEAA on 1300 65 65 13 or by emailing Melissa.McAllister@alliance.org.au. The person who sells the most tickets will receive a surprise gift pack!

Why do we fundraise for this issue?

In Australia, exposing the corrupt, scrutinising the powerful and ensuring the public’s right to know is getting harder in an era of ultra-fast deadlines, shrinking editorial budgets and continual legal threats – but journalists keep pushing on in their pursuit of the truth.

Overseas, the situation is more dangerous: eight journalists have already been confirmed killed at work in 2014. Last year, the IFJ documented 105 killings of journalists and media staff, in murders and cross-fire incidents resulting in deaths – 31 of those in the Asia Pacific. Twenty more media workers died in accidents.

The Media Safety and Solidarity Fund assists colleagues in the Asia Pacific through times of emergency, war and hardship – most recently in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. In 2014, monies raised will go towards media rights advocacy programs, assistance and support for journalists in crisis and the ongoing education of children of media workers killed or missing in countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Press freedom is everyone’s problem – it affects all of us.

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