Threats to investigative journalism and whistleblowers

While Australia has good public media, the ownership of its print media is heavily concentrated. Two media groups – News Corporation (owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch) and Fairfax Media – are responsible for 85% of newspaper sales. Media coverage of refugees and Australia’s offshore refugee detention centers (Nauru and Manus) is very restricted. Whistleblowers who disclose information about conditions in the refugee centers or operations by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization are now exposed to the possibility of imprisonment. A telecommunications law has opened the way to surveillance of the metadata of journalists’ communications. In January 2018, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government yet again proposed legislation that the would jeopardize the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



19 in 2017

Global score


16.02 in 2017

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    journalists killed in 2019
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    citizens journalists killed in 2019
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    media assistants killed in 2019
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