Media Matters    May 24, 2022

Sports world: streaming, broadcasting and anti-siphoning

Streaming services and the anti-siphoning laws … Labor government wants  “working families” to have free access to important sporting and cultural events … Fans likely to come out second best as the AFL hunts for a fresh broadcasting deal and more cash … Joseph Friedman reports … more

 

Media Matters    March 18, 2022

Roskomnadzor v Doxa

Energetic young Russian magazine harried offshore by the authorities … Journalism hanging by a thread … Editors under house arrest, facing 15-year jail terms … Chased around the internet … Cyberattacks … Blocked income … Max Shanahan reports … more

 

Media Matters    November 8, 2021

Whistling quietly

27 drafts later … New amended Public Interest Disclosure Bill unveiled in NSW … Procedural reforms … Recommended standard for external disclosure to the media diluted by the government … Ombudsman critical of “significant hurdle” … Maxim Shanahan reports … more

 

Media Matters    August 26, 2021

Government’s closed shop

Government actively resisting FOI applications … Grata Fund research … Excuses from government agencies to deny requests … Delays in breach of the Act … Prohibitive fees … Opportunities for strategic litigation … Janek Drevikovsky reports … more

 

Media Matters    March 16, 2021

Who is on trial?

Christian Porter and “trial by media” … The complainant is being picked apart by the right-wing media, while Porter is transformed into the victim … Criminal allegations now subject of a civil process … Culture warriors cast facts aside … No evidence that mainstream media has alleged Porter’s guilt … Repetitive template reporting … Janek Drevikovsky reports … more

 


Media Matters    December 17, 2020

Zhang v Commissioner of Police & Ors

High Court challenge … Foreign inference laws and Lange … AFP raids on parliamentarian and senior advisor … Suspected role of CCP in political affairs … Espionage and related offences … Whether the Criminal Code impermissibly burdens the implied freedom of political communication … Challenge to search warrant … Anna Kretowicz reports … more

 

Media Matters    December 7, 2020

Dark clouds for journalists in the Sunshine State

Attempts to silence reporting on political corruption during Queensland elections … “Integrity” law reform … “Trad laws” … Circumventing the “risk” of incorrect information … Compatibility with the State’s Human Rights Act … Criminalising journalism … Wither shield laws … Anna Kretowicz reports … more

 

Media Matters    November 2, 2020

The Espionage Act, the 1st Amendment and “journalism”

Pressing questions … Is Assange a journalist, a publisher, a combatant in information warfare, a tool of Russia? … Do journalistic standards apply? … Does it matter? … The superseding indictment … The Espionage Act and the First Amendment … Lacunae in the law … Janek Drevikovsky explains … more

 

Media Matters    October 15, 2020

Something to “consider”

National security’s impact on media disclosures … Tepid response from PJCIS on press freedoms … What chilling effect? … Beefed-up public interest advocates … Whistleblowing in the wind … “Considerations” for government … Janek Drevikovsky reports … more

 

Media Matters    August 26, 2020

Jawboning about press freedom

The ALRC’s free speech forum … The case against great media scrutiny … Security academic warns against relaxing national security controls … Media access to classified material might fall into foreign hands … “Hostile actors” … Claim that Australia’s media is increasingly foreign-owned … Closed courts not necessarily a threat to accountability … Other panellists press the case for “legitimate journalism” … Janek Drevikovsky reports … more

 

Media Matters    August 19, 2020

Media lawyers’ data review

Updated table … Data journalism … Lawyers engaged in media law litigation … Revised survey of the last three-and-a-half years … Most active law firms and barristers … Success rates measured in terms of court appearances … The data does the talking … Charts and graphs galore … A window but maybe not the entire picture … Janek Drevikovsky reports … more