Journalist shoved by police while covering protest

By Incident

Seven News reporter Paul Dowsley was pushed by police while covering a climate protest in Melbourne. In a video posted to Twitter a group of Victoria Police officers can be seen shoving Dowsley as he attempts to pass them. “Do you mind? I’m walking here” he can be heard repeatedly saying, as a male officer … Read More

Cameroonian journalist denied a visa

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A Cameroonian journalist and press freedom activist has been denied a visa to speak in Australia. Mimi Mefo Takambou was invited to speak to the Integrity 20 conference at Griffith University, Brisbane, on Friday 25 October. She was to give a keynote titled Without Fear or Favour and then participate in a panel discussion about … Read More

University sues after whistleblower speaks to media

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Murdoch University is suing an academic after he blew the whistle on falling admission standards. Associate Professor Gerd Schröder-Turk spoke to Four Corners for an investigation into international student admissions which aired in May 2019. He said that universities are setting students up to fail when they enrol those without the necessary language skills. He … Read More

Al Jazeera warned about foreign interference laws

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The Australian Government sent a letter to Al Jazeera warning that it should be careful not to breach foreign interference laws in its reporting. Managing director Giles Trendle received the letter in June. It concerned a documentary, How to Sell a Massacre, in which an Al Jazeera journalist named Rodger Muller went undercover to infiltrate … Read More

Government sent Nine a warning letter over foreign interference laws

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The Australian Government sent Nine a letter warning that the company should pay closer attention to foreign interference laws after it broadcast footage gathered by the Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera. The story showed the then One Nation candidate for Queensland Steve Dickson in a strip club in Washington DC. He makes derogatory comments to and … Read More

French journalist and crew arrested, charged while covering Adani protest

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Four French media workers have been charged with trespass while covering protests against a new Adani coal mine. Journalist Hugo Clément, producer Guillaume Durand and cameramen Clément Brelet and Victor Peressentchensky were filming near the Abbot Point port near Bowen, Queensland. They are in Australia filming a documentary series about the world’s oceans. At 7.00am … Read More

Letting the fox guard the henhouse

By Denis MullerBlog

Fox guarding the henhouse; poacher in charge of the game-keeping. Choose your idiom, but appointing the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security to inquire into press freedom is guaranteed to get the opposite result to what is ostensibly intended.