Freedom Of The Press: The Cost!

The past year has been tough for press freedom, and has seen the jobs of many journalists around the world get more dangerous.

Watchdog organisations Reporters without Borders (RSF) and the International Press Institute (IPI) have reported a dramatic deterioration in conditions for the working media, including an increase in physical, verbal and online attacks on journalists carried out both by authorities and the public.

On 1 June last year Seven News US correspondent Amelia Brace was attacked by police while reporting live-to-air from Black Lives Matter protests in Washington.

In Malaysia, Al Jazeera reporter Drew Ambrose was subjected to an onslaught of vicious social media attacks and was forced to leave the country following the airing of a report critical of the government’s treatment of migrant workers.

Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Herald Sun photographer Jake Nowakowski found himself on the receiving end of verbal and physical abuse while covering anti-lockdown rallies.

Join us to mark World Press Freedom Day (2 May) on Wednesday 12 May 2021 with a lunchtime webinar panel discussion on the disturbing pattern of increasing violence and intimidation against media workers - an issue the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance sounds the alarm on in its 2021 press freedom report, Unsafe at work - Assaults on journalists.

Moderated by Gold Walkley winning former foreign correspondent and Age deputy editor Michael Bachelard and featuring panellists: MEAA Federal Vice President (Media) & Chair of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific Karen Percy, Walkley winning correspondents Seven News reporter Amelia Brace and Al Jazeera journalist Drew Ambrose and Quill Award winning Herald Sun photographer Jake Nowakowski.

2021 Press Freedom Panel: Counting the cost of increasing attacks
The sorry state of press freedom
World Press Freedom Day: Acting IGP commends media role in the society
Groups of Friends on the Safety of Journalists issue a Joint Statement on Press Freedom
Press freedom in Hong Kong that breaks the law should not be supported
Statement on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2021
Press freedom under attack in Central and Eastern Europe
World Press Freedom Day: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU
World Press Freedom Statement from Media Institute of the Caribbean
Curbed freedoms: A timeline of press suppression in Malaysia