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Media in Exile: Press Freedoms and Myanmar
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In February 2021, a military coup took place in Myanmar. In the months since, media freedoms have been increasingly eroded by the regime. Independent media outlets have had their licenses revoked, and journalists and citizens seen to be conducting any sort of news gathering activity are at risk of arrest and…
The Power of Protest
Public protest plays a crucial role in our democracy. Government decisions should serve the community, but when these decisions fail to accurately represent the priorities of the public, protests are a powerful way of sending a collective message: this isn’t what we want, and we will be heard.
Under the pretext of COVID-19 public health orders, there’s been a recent…
The Fifth Estate
Can You Keep a Secret? Media Rights and the Need to Know
Sally Warhaft, Peter Cronau and Scott Ludlam in conversation on stage at Bendigo Writers Festival.
Why is WikiLeaks so important? What is there to be learned from the documents released? According to the writers in A Secret Australia, the leaking of hidden government documents yielded knowledge that is essential for journalists and institutions to analyse the consequences of covert and unaccountable state power. “We open governments” is WikiLeaks’ motto, yet its crusade for transparent, accountable government has led to criminal charges being laid against its founder, Julian Assange, and whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Assange now faces espionage and hacking-related charges from the US government.
A Secret Australia’s co-editor Peter Cronau and contributor and former Greens Senator Scott Ludlam joined Sally Warhaft at Bendigo Writers Festival earlier this year for a discussion about what is kept from public view and why. What are the limits of journalism when reporting on state apparatuses, and what is a publisher’s responsibility when dealing with state secrets?
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Pursuing Justice: Human Rights in an Age of Crisis
This event originally scheduled to take place on Thursday 22 July was postponed in response to current health advice and restrictions on public events. This will now be an online only event. Ticket bookers will be contacted shortly.
Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.Pursuing Justice: Human Rights in an Age of Crisis Watch
In the midst of intersecting…
Rage and Dissent
This conversation originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 20 July was postponed in response to current health advice and restrictions on public events. It is now a digital premiere event and can be watched from this page on Thursday 22 July at 6.30pm.
Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.Broadly Speaking: Rage and Dissent Watch
They say, ‘Don’t…
Mapping Culture: Treaty
'I stand in solidarity of who it is I am and what Treaty represents as the tree. I am the tree of life that I have been given, and I will be the tree of life that I will give to future generations to come.'
Natarsha Bamblett’s moving maiden speech at the inaugural First People’s Assembly two years ago spoke…
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