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Press freedom under the microscope as Senate launches inquiry

Freedom of the press and whistle-blower protection will finally get the hearing they deserve as the Senate votes in favour of an inquiry to be chaired by Senator Hanson-Young.

 

“This week’s arrest of four French journalists highlights how badly we need to rethink press freedom in Australia,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“Press and whistle blower protections have been steadily eroded and the government just wants to sweep this under the carpet.

 

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Press freedom under threat as French journalists arrested reporting on Adani

Further police crackdown on journalists highlights importance of Senate inquiry into press freedom, Greens say.

 

“The arrest of journalists in Queensland today is incredibly alarming,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“A free press is a fundamental pillar of democracy and it seems, here in Australia, it is under threat. Arresting journalists for doing their job has eerie echoes of a police state.

 

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Speech to Rally on Press Freedom

Thanks for coming together this morning to stand up for democracy, to uphold truth and to protect public interest.

We are outside the office of Paul Fletcher. The Communications Minister who has shamefully remained largely silent through this chilling saga.

The AFP raids we have seen on the home of Annika Smethurst and the ABC offices last week are a blatant, brazen attack on democracy, press freedom and the community.

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Use the 'special relationship' to stop Assange extradition: Di Natale

 Australian Greens Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dr Richard Di Natale has called upon the Australian Government to swiftly intervene to ensure that Julian Assange is not extradited to the United States.
 
“This arrest is a dark day for press freedom around the world,” Di Natale said.
 
“Regardless of what you think about Assange as an individual, he is facing extradition to the US on charges relating to his work to shine light on potential war crimes – an act that won him Australia’s highest honour for journalism.
 

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Use the 'special relationship' to stop Assange extradition: Di Natale

 Australian Greens Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dr Richard Di Natale has called upon the Australian Government to swiftly intervene to ensure that Julian Assange is not extradited to the United States.
 
“This arrest is a dark day for press freedom around the world,” Di Natale said.
 
“Regardless of what you think about Assange as an individual, he is facing extradition to the US on charges relating to his work to shine light on potential war crimes – an act that won him Australia’s highest honour for journalism.
 

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ABC will continue to lose out under Liberals

Scott Morrison’s pre-election budget has confirmed cuts to the ABC will continue under the Liberals, the Greens say.

 

“This is a government that has undermined the integrity of the ABC again and again and now, in this budget, they’ve locked in further cuts. The ABC needs a boost in funding, and under this government it continues to lose out,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Greens media reform package puts public interest journalism front and centre

The Australian Greens media reform package turns the blow torch on the big corporate media giants and places quality, public interest journalism front and centre. With an inquiry to break up media concentration, a review of the social media giants and a series of tax changes and transparency measures we’ll be making sure the public interest is prioritised ahead of profits.

 

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Strengthening media diversity and stopping the spread of misinformation and hate

Strengthening media diversity and stopping the spread of misinformation and hate

Australia has one of the most concentrated media markets in the world. We know that to have a healthy democracy we need a healthy media and ours is trending in the wrong direction.

 

The Greens will prioritise stronger media diversity with a comprehensive plan. We will:

•             establish an inquiry into breaking up current media concentration;

•             implement a suite of policies designed to encourage diversity and support public interest journalism; and

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Australian Greens announce commitment to a 21st Century NBN

Monday, 18 March 2019

Australian Greens Digital RIghts spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has today announced the Australian Greens commitment to a 21st Century NBN, finished using best-choice technology, to ensure everyone has access to affordable, reliable and high quality internet services into the future.

Senator Steele-John said our internet was slower and less affordable than comparable countries, with Australia ranked 56th in the world for internet speed and 57th in world for affordability.

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