Freedom of the press


31 Jan 2019

This report argues that concerned countries should press Myanmar to protect the rights to expression and assembly, and reform laws penalizing peaceful speech, to bring them back into line with international standards.

Journal article

The Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, impunity and human rights
2 Nov 2018

Auckland University of Technology’s Pacific Media Centre marked its tenth anniversary with a wide-ranging public seminar discussing two of the region’s most critical media freedom crises. The ‘Journalism Under Duress in Asia-Pacific’ seminar in November 2017 examined media freedom and human rights in the Philippines...


Democracy in crisis
5 Jan 2018

Political rights and civil liberties around the world deteriorated to their lowest point in more than a decade in 2017, extending a period characterized by emboldened autocrats, beleaguered democracies, and the United States’ withdrawal from its leadership role in the global struggle for human freedom....


14 Nov 2017

New Zealand and Australia need tougher laws against China's political influence pedalling.

Audio interview

13 Nov 2017

Publisher Allen & Unwin has dropped a book by a prominent academic on China's expanding 'soft' influence in Australia, due to 'unspecified threats.'


3 May 2017

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance's annual report into press freedom in Australia outlines the challenges faced by journalists and media organisations.

In the survey produced for the report, almost half of the respondents (48%) said they’d experienced intimidation, abuse or sexual harassment in...


1 May 2017

More than two centuries into the American experiment, there is still vigorous disagreement about the reasons for protecting speech, and about whether we protect it enough, or too much. Technological change is transforming this debate because it is transforming the way we communicate. On May...


1 May 2017

Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states. Because it is well known, its influence over governments is growing. Many heads of state and government...

Discussion paper

1 May 2017


This Discussion Paper looks at the shifting media landscapes in four Melanesian countries in 2015 — Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It charts and links the key developments, and considers their potentially wide-ranging impacts on policy, politics, free speech...

Journal article

6 Apr 2017

As members of the ‘fourth estate’, journalists have enjoyed certain limited protections for themselves and their sources under the laws of various countries. These protections are now uniquely challenged in the context of metadata retention and enhanced surveillance and national security protections. This article examines...

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2 Mar 2017

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), along with more than eighty other organizations committed to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and the press, are condemning efforts by the Trump administration to demonize the media...


Populists and autocrats: the dual threat to global democracy
16 Jan 2017

In 2016, populist and nationalist political forces made astonishing gains in democratic states, while authoritarian powers engaged in brazen acts of aggression, and grave atrocities went unanswered in war zones across two continents.



14 Dec 2016

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...


7 Oct 2016

On 2 December 1766 Sweden enacted what is regarded as the first freedom of information law. The most recent translation into English was made by Ian Giles and Peter Graves, Scandinavian Studies, University of Edinburgh, and released on 7 October 2016.


15 Sep 2016

What is the impact of state surveillance on journalism? This paper by Lisa Main, a journalist for ABC, and a member of their investigative unit, aims to contribute to the debate.

The mandatory bulk collection of data by governments presents liberal democracies with a...


29 Jun 2016

The past five years have been a time of liberalization and change in Burma. The abolition of prior censorship and a loosening of licensing requirements has led to a vibrant press, and the shift from formal military rule has emboldened civil society.

The change...


The battle for the dominant message
27 Apr 2016

Global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power.


20 Apr 2016

The annual Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries on indicators such as media independence, self-censorship, the rule of law, transparency and abuses. Australia holds 25th ranking in the 2016 index.

The Paris-based advocacy group reported a deterioration in world press...


2 Feb 2016

This report argues that section 35P of the ASIO Act is not justified, and that it does not contain adequate safeguards for protecting the rights of outsiders and is not proportionate to the threat of terrorism or the threat to national security.



1 Feb 2016

This chronology traces the story of media ownership concentration and control since 1901 and the government policies and regulations that have responded to, or attempted to pre-empt, the trend towards concentration that has occurred since the 1920s.



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