Tag: Journalists

Journalists responsible for Scott Morrison’s lack of accountability

Reporting by the mainstream media has resulted in a propaganda machine for the Government in place of actual truth-telling, writes Dr Victoria Fielding. IN THE PAST FORTNIGHT, there has been a distinct shift in the media’s willingness to hold Scott Morrison to account for his responsibilities as Prime Minister. Journalists and commentators are asking why he has not delivered on his two key pandemic jobs — to efficiently roll out the vaccine and to deliver effective quarantine facilities.

Source: Journalists responsible for Scott Morrison’s lack of accountability

‘Direct Attack on the First Amendment’: Trump DOJ Secretly Obtained Washington Post Journalists’ Phone Records | Common Dreams News

Then-U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool via Getty Images)

“The Department of Justice should immediately make clear its reasons for this intrusion into the activities of reporters doing their jobs.”

Source: ‘Direct Attack on the First Amendment’: Trump DOJ Secretly Obtained Washington Post Journalists’ Phone Records | Common Dreams News

Rupert Murdoch reporter quits in disgust after being ‘ordered to write’ BS story on Kamala Harris: report – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism

Rupert Murdoch reporter quits in disgust after being 'ordered to write' BS story on Kamala Harris: reportAn announcement: Today I handed in my resignation to my editors at the New York Post. The Kamala Harris story — an incorrect story I was ordered to write and which I failed to push back hard enough against — was my breaking point,” she explained.

Source: Rupert Murdoch reporter quits in disgust after being ‘ordered to write’ BS story on Kamala Harris: report – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism

Why You’re Wrong About Journalists And If You Disagree You’re Toxic! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Some of you may have avoided the toxic cesspool of Twitter, but let me tell you it’s been rough on some of the journalists because, well, sometimes people disagree with them.

Why You’re Wrong About Journalists And If You Disagree You’re Toxic! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Besieged on all sides, Gaza’s journalists are risking their lives to do their job | +972 Magazine

Palestinians protest against the killing of journalist Yaser Murtaja near the fence with Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 8, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Two Gazan journalists have been shot dead by Israeli forces since the Great Return March protests began in March. But journalists in the strip are also up against internal challenges, including censorship and lack of psychological support.

Source: Besieged on all sides, Gaza’s journalists are risking their lives to do their job | +972 Magazine

Journalism is not a crime. So why are reporters being referred to police?

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Harsher penalties for intelligence whistleblowers in Australia will deter future whistleblowers like Edward Snowden from speaking about Australia’s surveillance and intelligence gathering.’

The referral to the federal police of journalists covering asylum seeker policy raises serious questions about the freedom of the press in Australia

Journalism in Australia is not a crime. Despite this, journalists who have reported on immigration and asylum seeker issues have been referred to the Australian Federal Police for investigation in a series of attempts to prosecute confidential sources and whistleblowers.

This is a move that should alarm all citizens. It’s not an attack on any particular news outlet. It’s an attack on those who have reported on matters of significant public interest in the increasingly secretive area of asylum seeker policy.

Journalists from Guardian Australia, News.com.au and the West Australian have all had their stories sent to the AFP by customs, the immigration department and the defence department to ask the AFP to track down their sources. There may be journalists from other news outlets involved.

All journalists have confidential sources to help gather information and build their stories. Sometimes those sources speak out at great risk, and that confidentiality must be protected. The free flow of information is the bedrock of a journalist’s work.

These kind of attacks severely damage the confidence between reporters and their sources and pose a grave threat to effective and responsible journalism. When the federal police go knocking on the doors of a reporter’s sources, sources will soon dry up. People will be scared. And that is exactly the point.

Part of the problem is that the laws surrounding leaks are so broad. The Commonwealth Crimes Act criminalises essentially any disclosure of government information, regardless of the seriousness, regardless of the intent, and regardless of the public interest. Despite recommendations by the Australian Law Reform Commission to amend these laws, we have yet to see any change.

The whistleblower protection scheme introduced in 2013 under the previous Labor government provides limited protections for disclosures to the world at large, and favours protected disclosures internally or to oversight agencies instead. This means that whistleblowers who provide information to journalists can still be left with little protection from the law.

This can’t be viewed in isolation. There is a much broader series of measures at play that all point towards an increasing overreach by the federal government into legitimate reporting and public interest disclosures.

Any of the journalists that are listed in the AFP referrals could have had their phone and web records accessed. It doesn’t take a warrant, just a short one-page form. And there is no privilege or special protection for journalists, a consideration that is being debated right now in the UK. The looming mandatory data retention legislation will compound the problem by ensuring a much greater range of web data is consistently available to government agencies for up to two years.

The insertion of a new offence into the Asio Act that criminalises any form of disclosure about “special intelligence operations” could see journalists jailed for reporting on important intelligence related stories. Harsher penalties for intelligence whistleblowers in Australia will also attempt to deter future whistleblowers like Edward Snowden from speaking about Australia’s surveillance and intelligence gathering.

The Australian government has shown great concern for the awful plight of Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues who have been jailed in Egypt. They have shown great concern for freedom of the press in the wake of the terrible Charlie Hebdo attacks in France.

That concern must extend to the work of serious public interest reporting in Australia.