Press Freedom is becoming more critical than ever - join us for this special fundraising event
Every year, the Australian media community and its supporters join together to raise money for a vital cause: the ongoing campaign for press freedom in the Asia Pacific.
For journalists across the region, the situation is stark. Their attempts to scrutinise the powerful and report on issues vital to the public interest and democracy often lead to intimidation, injury, disappearance or death.
In many cases, those responsible for these crimes go unpunished and journalists’ families are left destitute with questions unanswered.
On May 2, 2014, the annual Press Freedom Australia Dinner will raise funds for the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund, which supports press freedom and assist journalists and their families in need.
PRESS FREEDOM AUSTRALIA DINNER 2014
In 2014, the annual Press Freedom Australia Dinner will be held on May 2 at Doltone House on Darling Island Wharf on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour.
This dinner attracts the who’s who of the media industry. It includes fine dining and wines before a live and silent auction to raise funds for the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund featuring original artworks by some of Australia’s top cartoonists and photographers.
Tables of 10 cost $4000 for media organisations and $5000 for corporate/government supporters. Individual tickets cost $140 for members of the media and not-for-profit organisations and $300 for corporate/government
MEAA members can pay through progressive payments. To book, contact Melissa McAllister on 1300 65 65 13 or via email@example.com
HOW TO SUPPORT THE EVENT
Buy a book of raffle tickets – and sell more to your friends!
In 2014, the top raffle prize is a “Kimberley Experience” – a luxury trip courtesy of Australia’s North West and Pinctada Hotels and Resorts. Other prizes will be announced soon.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
- Exposure to up to 400 influential opinion-leaders, agenda-setters and corporate leaders in media and public affairs from Australia’s leading companies who attend the dinner
- Exposure to Australia’s major media companies including the ABC, SBS, Seven Network, Sky News Australia, Fairfax Media, Network Ten, News Corp Australia, APN News & Media and Private Media
- Acknowledgement through the extensive marketing drive we undertake in the lead-up to the dinner and on the Walkleys website and social media channels, reaching tens of thousands of journalists and community supporters
- Acknowledgement in the auction catalogue (all donations)
- Acknowledgement in audio-visual presentations on the night (all donations)
- Recognition in The Walkley Magazine – Inside the Media in Australia and New Zealand, mailed to more than 11,000 media industry members and subscribers and now available online
If you donate a significant prize to the live/silent auction:
- Big-ticket auction items are acknowledged in the 2014 Press Freedom Australia dinner program.
- Prizes are showcased in an auction catalogue heavily promoted on the night by our quick-witted auctioneer.
- And products are displayed at the dinner and promoted through the website/social media.
If you provide Freedom Favour goodies:
Sold for $60 each, these goodie bags contain an array of gifts and vouchers worth more than $150. Dining and experience vouchers, books, movie tickets, products … we accept all delightful goodies! Donors will receive additional thanks and the chance for their donations to go home with journalists and influencers.
The Press Freedom Australia Dinner is a co-production of MEAA, the Walkley Foundation for Excellence in Journalism and the International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific.
Why support the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund?
The Media Safety and Solidarity Fund relies on donations from Australian journalists and supporters to assist media colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region through times of emergency, war and hardship.
Established in 2005, the fund is administered through the Asia-Pacific office of the International Federation of Journalists in collaboration with the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) and the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund board.
During 2012-2013 the fund supported 33 children of journalists and media workers killed in Nepal, with 30 receiving schooling assistance and 3 children receiving vocational training. In Sri Lanka, the fund has continued its support for the education of the two children of disappeared cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda
In the Philippines, the fund continues to support journalists in danger and the families of slain media workers. The fund undertakes press freedom monitoring in China. The MSSF also assists with funding the IFJ’s human rights advocacy program across the Asia-Pacific.
To read more about the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund CLICK HERE
To download the report Power, Protection and Principles: The State of Press Freedom in Australia 2013 CLICK HERE