New News: Justice, Journalism and the Law

New News: Justice, Journalism and the Law

Journalists are being jailed in many countries just for doing their jobs. Meanwhile, in Australia, new restrictive laws are being proposed for those who report national secrets. What happens when journalists run afoul of the law just by doing their job? What are the risks to journalists of pushing the boundaries … and the risks for our democracy if they don’t?

With members from Peter Greste’s family, and some pre-recorded responses from Thailand-based journalist Alan Morison and his Phuketwan colleague Chutima Sidasathian. Hosted by Margaret Simons.

New News was presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre and the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.


Lois and Juris Greste

Award-winning foreign correspondent Peter Greste was arrested in Cairo in December 2013. He had been in Egypt only weeks, working on a short relief posting as a journalist for an international TV news network. Peter’s parents, Lois and Juris Greste, discuss his plight, representing the FREE PETER GRESTE campaign.

Alan Morison

Alan Morison worked at the Age and News Ltd over a long career in print in Melbourne before steering the Age’s online development in the 1990s, then moving – first to CNN in Hong Kong, then to Phuket, Thailand. He started in 2008 with the intention of covering local tourism, and in 2009, with colleague Chutima Sidasathian, revealed the ‘'pushbacks’‘ of Rohingya boatpeople by the Thai military.

Portrait of Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What's Next in Journalism?, Journalism at the Crossroads and Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs, co-written with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser. The latter won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2011. 

In addition to her academic work, Margaret regularly writes for the Saturday Paper, the Age, the Sydney Morning HeraldGriffith Review, the Monthly and other publications.