What the next prime minister must do to improve press freedom

first_img November 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 What the next prime minister must do to improve press freedom AustraliaAsia – Pacific RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia RSF_en News February 22, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Australia to go further Google experiments drop Australian media from search results News Organisation On the eve of Australia’s general election, Reporters Without Borders today called on the next prime minister to undertake to adopt a series of measures to improve press freedom. The organisation is seeking:1. The adoption of a law on the protection of sources: There have been several attempts by judges or government officials in recent months to get journalists to reveal their sources. Two journalists in Perth were threatened with imprisonment in June if they did not say who leaked an anti-corruption commission’s confidential report to them. The leak was the basis for a story in The West Australian naming a politician. Reporters Without Borders stresses that the protection of sources is one of the key pillars of press freedom.2. The fight against impunity in the Balibo Five case: An inquest has just shed light on every aspect of the murder of five journalists in Balibo, East Timor, in 1975. It is now time for justice to be done. The next government must, as a matter of urgency, do everything possible to ensure that the Australian judicial system is able to try the murderers and those who gave them their orders.3. Liberalisation of the access to information laws: The Australia’s Right to Know media coalition’s latest report showed that a great deal of information is not available to the media and public. Reporters Without Borders urges the next government to act transparently and not obstruct access to information. Australia’s Right to Know found a total of 1,500 pieces of legislation and court orders restricting access to information. Reporters Without Borders notes opposition Labour Party leader Kevin Rudd’s promises to reinforce access to information laws and to ensure that the principle of professional privilege applies to journalists. Nonetheless, Labour-governed states Queensland and Victoria have not displayed much respect for the principle of access to information.The ruling Liberal-National coalition has not given any specific undertakings but attorney general Phillip Ruddock commissioned an enquiry into access of information which is due to publish its findings in December 2008. Reporters Without Borders points out that the government ignored the recommendations of an Australian Law Reform Commission report 11 years ago.4. Protection of journalists’ work under the Privacy Law: Reporters Without Borders is worried by some of the conclusions of a report by the Australian Law Reform Commission in September recommending increased protection for privacy. Under the commission’s recommendations, citizens could bring complaints against media without first seeking arbitration by the Press Council. Reporters Without Borders obviously supports the protection of privacy, but it does not think this should not prevent journalists from working and reporting freely about public figures.5. The revision of certain provisions of the anti-terrorism and interception of telecommunications laws: Some of the articles of these laws threaten the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. The procedures for tapping phones can jeopardise the independence of the media when they are covering terrorism and organised crime, while some of the penalties under the anti-terrorism laws are simply outrageous. Anyone, including a journalist, who contacts a terrorism suspect can be jailed for five years. Journalists can be arrested for publishing the names of terrorism suspects. Reporters do not have the right to refuse to identify their sources in terrorism cases. And the police have the right to search news media for evidence in such cases.The Australian Anti-Terrorism Act 2005 also provides for prison sentences for any person inciting others to disobey Australian law. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser described it as rolling back several centuries of progress in human rights. AustraliaAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Receive email alerts January 21, 2021 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Bob Weir Is Live Streaming His Birthday Show Tonight For Free

first_imgHappy birthday Bobby! Leave it to the Grateful Dead guitarist to pay the birthday love forward.Tonight, Bob Weir will be performing at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, playing a show along his “Campfire Tour.” The tour has seen Weir perform Dead classics and newer originals from his solo album, Blue Mountain, playing alongside an all-star cast of Steve Kimock, Jon Shaw, Bryce Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, and Josh Kaufman.As tonight is Weir’s 69th birthday, the guitarist has a special treat in store for his fans. Anyone who can’t make the show can watch a live stream, for free! All you have to do is tune in via the YouTube player embedded below. The show starts at 8:00 PM Eastern, so don’t be late!If you’re looking for great live streaming content in general, be sure to check out the official Live For Live Music channel on LiveList. With an updated listing of official streams and great YouTube content, there’s no shortage of musical entertainment. Check it out below.last_img read more

Management keep faith in Tipp starting 15 for All Ireland replay.

first_imgThe Tipperary team to play Kilkenny in Saturday’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Final Replay in Croke Park shows no change from that which started the drawn game.Lar Corbett will start his 6th All-Ireland Senior Final in search of his third medal while Padraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton, Shane McGrath, Noel McGrath and team captain Brendan Maher will start their 5th All-Ireland Senior Final.Thousands turned out once again at Semple Stadium in Thurles last evening to give the Tipp hurlers a rousing send-off ahead of the All Ireland replay. The final training session ahead of the Kilkenny clash was open to the public with fans once again taking the opportunity to show their support for Eamon O’Shea’s men.With the drawn game being hailed as an absolute classic Tipp fans are hoping for more of the same but with a positive outcome for the Premier County.Meanwhile Brian Cody has made three changes in personnel on the Kilkenny team.Padraig Walsh replaces Joey Holden at wing back while Kieran Joyce is in for Brian Hogan at centre back.In the forwards John Power takes over from Walter Walsh at corner forward.You can hear the All-Ireland Hurling Final Replay between Tipperary and Kilkenny this Saturday LIVE on Tipp FM.Throw-in at Croke Park is at 5 o’ clock – our big-match build-up gets underway from 4:30, in association with Lyoness Loyalty Card, Clonmel.last_img read more