Mar 2, 2017

The secrecy surrounding Brandis’ ‘journalist information warrants’ threatens our democracy

It is incumbent on journalists and anyone interested in freedom of speech to talk about these restrictions as much as possible, writes former editor-in-chief of the SMH Peter Fray.

George Brandis

The ho-hum response to ASIO’s admission that it has been pursuing journalists’ sources under Attorney-General George Brandis’ new metadata laws points to a deeper malaise. That only a “small” number of journalist information warrants have been obtained, according to ASIO boss Duncan Lewis, is neither here nor there.

That any have been granted is a matter of public importance — and not just for journalists, but to anyone who cares about press freedom and the role of the media in democracy.

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2 thoughts on “The secrecy surrounding Brandis’ ‘journalist information warrants’ threatens our democracy

  1. AR

    Hey, I gotta rilly, rilly simple idea. The meeja, legacy Press, radio, TV, colour mags should just go on strike and refuse to attend pressers, or accept any briefings, ‘friendly leaks’ or wannabe Deep Lips.
    Just go for scuttlebutt, grievance mongers, loonies, loopies and thise wh think in green ink.
    If a fortnight of that sort of reportage hasn’t brought down a government & excoriated HM’s Loyal Opposition they need another week or ten.
    What’s the old saw, revolution is only 3 missed meals away?

  2. Marjorie Carless

    I believethat the identity of the very brave whistleblowers should be protected but the fact is that these days, especially after the Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited behaviour in the U.K., fake news, the fact that some journalist/reporters don’t seem to be just reporting the news per se, they are skewing it to whichever way their masters demand. People have just stopped blindly trusting both governments and media to tell us the truth or to report news without adjusting it. I myself used to admire “newspaper” men but these days, I have to decide who I can trust, who I think is reporting the news honestly and thank goodness there are still serious journalists I can trust and believe in (I hope!!!!!).

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