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Watching Me Watching You: Surveillance and Sources


State surveillance and maintaining the privacy of sources remain key challenges for journalists to overcome. What will become of the rights of investigative journalists and whistleblowers following the Federal Government’s newly introduced national security measures? We’ll discuss how journalists balance the public’s right to know with the legal and ethical issues they navigate every day.

With Paul Farrell, Michael Bachelard and Jason Bosland.

This event is also available as part of the Friday Day Pass.


Paul Farrell

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 l... Read more

Jason Bosland

Jason Bosland is deputy director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School, where he teaches communications and intellectual property law. He holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics. His primary research interests lie in media la... Read more

Michael Bachelard

Michael Bachelard has been a journalist for 25 years and is the recently returned Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Media – the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Before his stint in Indonesia, Michael worked in the press gallery in Canberra, and then in Melbourne for the Australian, before join... Read more


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