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Fact Check: Journalists face 10 years' jail for exposing security agency bungles

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese claims the Government's new terror laws mean members of the media face potential penalties of five to 10 years' jail for exposing what might be an error made by security agencies.
Commentary

The real news on ‘fake news’: politicians use it to discredit media, and journalists need to fight back

A new study reveals that politicians are only too happy to use the term 'fake news' against the media – to the great detriment of journalism and public debate.
Briefing paper

Press freedom in Australia: white paper

The AJF has released this white paper that provides seven recommendations for legislative change to strengthen press freedom in Australia. The recommendations include a framework underpinned by a Media Freedom Act that balances press freedom and national security interests, protecting journalists engaged in their work...
Journal article

Political journalists and their social media audiences: new power relations

This article pursues a cross-national comparison of interactions between political journalists and their audiences on Twitter in Germany and Australia, documenting how the differences in the status of Twitter in each country’s media environment manifest in activities and network interactions.
Commentary

It’s reputation that matters when spin doctors go back to the newsroom

When a journalist moves from press secretary to press gallery reporter, it raises tricky ethical questions for news editors in the face of possible concerns about the former political staff member’s independence and partisanship. Caroline Fisher explains.
Article

Existing shield laws do little to protect Australians, or our democracy

To mitigate uncertainty and ensure consistent protection for journalists, Australia needs an all-encompassing, national shield law like New Zealand has. Australia’s inferiority to leading democracies in ensuring press freedom and free flow of information is nothing new. But we can add failing to acknowledge the...