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Australian Press in perilous state on World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, where the fundamental principles of press freedom are celebrated, Australia’s media is in its worst shape in years, the Australian Greens said.

“Australian commentators can be quick to point to China, or Turkey, or elsewhere in the middle east, as regions that do not enjoy press freedom, but the sad reality is that right here at home we have our own significant attacks on press freedom to contend with,” said Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens back journalists in fight against the real threat to press freedom

The Australian Greens have backed the right of journalists to protect their sources in the face of more attempts by Gina Rinehart to force reporters to turn over notes and correspondence relating to news articles.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the right to protect sources was critical to journalists doing their job.

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Journalists must be able to protect their sources

The Australian Greens have backed the right of journalists to protect their sources in the face of attempts by members of the Rinehart family to force reporters to turn over correspondence relating to news articles.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the right to protect sources was critical to journalists doing their job.

"We must have a fiercely independent press, and whistle-blowers and contacts should not be intimidated into silence by the powerful."

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Greens welcome decision to drop charges against Australian journalist in Egypt

The Australian Greens today welcomed the decision by Egyptian authorities to drop charges against Australian journalist Austin Mackell.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Scott Ludlam, had followed the case closely from Mr Mackell's arrest on February 11 this year, urging a vigorous diplomatic approach from the start and raising the matter in Parliament.  Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon moved a Senate motion of support for Mr Mackell in March.

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Well done Minister – and there are two other Australians who need your help

The Australian Greens today applauded the efforts of Foreign Minister Bob Carr in securing the release of Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor and urged him to show the same vigour in defending Australian journalists Austin Mackell and Julian Assange.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said Mr Mackell and Mr Assange need assistance from the Australian Government to protect their human rights.

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Australian Senate offers support for jailed Bahraini activist

 

The Senate has unanimously passed an Australian Greens resolution calling on the Government to make direct representations on behalf of jailed Bahraini human rights activist Mr Nabeel Rajab.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam thanked Senators for their concern for Mr Rajab.

"Mr Rajab is a prominent pro-democracy and human rights campaigner. He was arrested by Bahraini authorities on May 5 shortly after being interviewed by Australian journalist Julian Assange. We must now turn concern into action."

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