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.
19 in 2017
16.02 in 2017