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‘The political show trial of the century’ is unfolding — yet few seem to care

Journalist John Pilger has spent the last three weeks watching Julian Assange’s extradition trial at London’s Old Bailey. Here's what he saw.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (Image: AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

China’s Hong Kong media crackdown reveals truth behind new security laws

New arrests of Hong Kong media figures and political activists prove that China is wasting no time in its great purge.

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Turnbull, Rudd and others on the right must make a stand for Assange

The Wikileaks leader is threatened with a torturous 175-year sentence for practicing journalism. This needs a new level of opposition. If not now, when?

A photo of Chinese doctor and whistleblower Li Wenliang, who died from COVID-19 in February after alerting the public about the dangers of the disease (Image: AP/Kin Cheung)

The right to speak and leak has never been so important

Leakers and whistleblowers are essential to ensuring a fast and effective response to COVID-19. We need to make sure they're protected, now and in the future.

Rupert Murdoch and then-chairman of News Ltd Australia John Hartigan in 2006 (Image: AAP/Rob Hutchison)

Where did Australia’s Right To Know come from?

The Right To Know campaign made a huge splash across Australia's mainstream papers this week. But this is hardly the group's first outing.

Extinction Rebellion protesters block Melbourne's King Street (Image: AAP/Erik Anderson)

The media’s glaring double standard on free speech

One minute Australia's media is rallying for freedom of the press. The next, it's tearing down climate protesters. Speaking out shouldn't be a professional privilege.

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AFP to front parliamentary committee over raids

Good morning, early birds. Politicians have called for greater powers protecting the freedom of the press, and Labor is reconsidering its opposition to the Coalition's tax cuts. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Why is it so easy for police to raid journalists?

While recent police raids of media companies have been shocking, experts say they have been a long time coming.

Australia lags behind the rest of the world on a bill of rights

Recent incursions on Australia's free press have shown once again that, without a national bill of rights, liberty is treated cheaply in Australia.

‘A cautionary tale’: Cambodian government kills dissenting press

Perhaps Cambodia will have a free and open society again someday, but not under the current government. Freelance journalist Mark Tilly reports on the increasingly autocratic dictatorship of Hun Sen.

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