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New News: Nauru: Access and Control
Offshore detention presents legal, ethical, jurisdictional and humanitarian challenges. Australian journalists seeking to report on Nauru confront grey areas around access and control that are increasingly contradictory and divisive. Our panellists share their own differing experiences of reporting on detention there.
Jim Middleton has been reporting national and international affairs since 1970, first for the ABC and now as a correspondent for Sky News. For two decades, he was ABC Political Editor in Canberra – covering Prime Ministers Hawke, Keating and Howard.
He was ABC North America correspondent in New York and Washington from 1980–1986, and has reported from every country in North, South and Southeast Asia – except North Korea. From 2008 to 2014, he presented Newsline and The World, broadcasting to and from Asia on Australia Network TV.
From 2008 until 2015, he was a member of the board of the Australia-Thailand Institute for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Chris Kenny is Associate Editor National Affairs at The Australian newspaper and the host of Viewpoint on SkyNews. He has a weekly column in The Weekend Australian and in Adelaide’s Sunday Mail, and is a regular commentator on various radio and television programs.
Wendy Bacon is a journalist and activist who is particularly interested in stories which are of public interest – but fail to get a fair run in the media.
Paul Farrell is a reporter at Guardian Australia. He produces investigations about immigration detention, national security and corporate affairs. He's broken major stories about Australia's immigration detention system and was the lead reporter on the Nauru files, the largest cache of leaked documents ever published from within Australia's immigration detention system.