New spy bill threatens press freedom in Australia

Recent articles in Australia

Cheng Lei, Anchor, CGTN Europe, on stage during day two of the Web Summit 2019, in Lisbon, Portugal, 6 November 2019, Vaughn Ridley/Sportsfile for Web Summit via Getty Images

One year on from her arrest in China, colleagues call for release of Australian journalist Cheng Lei

Australian journalist Cheng Lei has been in detention for over a year already in Beijing after she was arrested on “suspicion of illegally supplying state secrets overseas”.

The AFP (Australian Federal Police) logo is seen un Canberra, Australia, 6 June 2019, during a press conference following the raid on News Corp and ABC, Getty Images

Australia: Senate inquiry points the way for press freedom reform

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance said the recommendations of a Senate inquiry would “curb the growing culture of government secrecy, stop the persecution of whistleblowers and prevent journalists being prosecuted for simply doing their jobs.”

A man wearing a mask reads a newspaper, in Perth, Australia, 2 February 2021, Matt Jelonek/Getty Images

Journalists’ union gives notice to quit Australian Press Council

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance hopes its decision to withdraw from the Australian Press Council will spark a discussion about media regulation.