Press Freedom Australia Dinner 2017

The Walkley Foundation is proud to present, in collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the 2017 Press Freedom Australia Dinner on April 28, 2017.

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.

In the Asia-Pacific alone last year, 28 journalists were slain — deliberately targeted for their work. In total, 93 media workers worldwide died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and cross-fire incidents.

Event details
Date: Friday April 28, 2017
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 $160, others $385
RSVP: Friday April 21. To book individual tickets or inquire about table sponsorship contact

Keynote speaker

In an era of “fake news”, “alternative facts” and mistrust of the media, who would want to be a political reporter?  The rise of Trump-ism is a game-changer for journalists, but SKY NEWS Political Editor and Walkley Award winner David Speers reckons there are great opportunities as well.  He explores what it takes to establish trust with audiences in today’s fractured media landscape and the need for political reporters to remain focused on finding the truth.

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Sandra Sully is a Journalist and Senior Editor with TEN Eyewitness News and one of the most recognisable and respected faces on Australian television.Sandra is the co-presenter of TEN Eyewitness News Sydney and has been part of the TEN News team since 1990. She celebrated her 25th anniversary at the network in 2015.

The Media Safety and Solidarity Fund

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. 

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.

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 2017, the MSSF was supporting 31 students. In 2016 the MSSF also supported the Federation of Nepali Journalists conduct trauma training for journalists following the Gorkha earthquake in 2015. 


The massacre of 32 media personnel, among a group of 58, in the southern Philippines on November 2009, is the world’s worst single atrocity committed against the media. The MSSF supports the primary and secondary education of 62  Filipino children, the sons and daughters of slain journalists, including 22 children of the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre.

In 2015, the MSSF started supporting Jone Ketebaca, the son of Sitiveni Moce who died as a result of injuries sustained covering the political coup in 2005. MSSF is supporting Jone for 3 years as he finishes his high school education. 

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.

Press freedom and the Walkley Foundation

The Walkley Foundation supports the efforts of the MSSF, MEAA and the IFJ in promoting a free press, without which there is no democracy. Read an overview of the foundation’s efforts here. 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.