Quality public engagement around justice issues is critical. Our understanding of what is meant by ‘justice’ has real and immediate impacts on our lives and the health of our community. Loddon Campaspe CLC believes that an open dialogue around issues of justice is essential to the success of our work. Talking Justice invites us to ask if there is always a clear and just solution to every problem. It challenges us to enter into a conversation about justice that respectfully acknowledges different perspectives. And it asks us to consider the place of the law and justice in a free society.
Press Freedom in Australia
In 2020, Talking Justice will tackle the topic of Press Freedom in Australia, with a panel of guest speakers discussing the role of the press in a free and democratic society.
Recent raids by the Australian Federal Police on the ABC and NewsCorp journalists have put a spotlight on the issue of press freedom in Australia. With several new laws giving government increased power to suppress journalism in the name of national security, the ability of the press to report on issues of public interest is increasingly under threat. A Parliamentary Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on freedom of the press is currently underway. Campaigns such as ‘Your Right to Know’ and advocacy from groups including the Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom have received significant media coverage in recent months. In regional and rural communities, local journalism is also in decline with cuts to local news media meaning fewer local voices and less scrutiny on regional issues.
Talking Justice 2020 will explore the following questions:
- What is the role of the press in a contemporary democratic society?
- Does the community always have a “right to know”? Should anything be “off-limits” to journalists and the media?
- What are the implications of new national security laws, defamation and whistle-blower laws for public interest journalism and the protection of human rights in Australia?
- Does Australia need a Charter of Rights or Media Freedom Act to protect freedom of the press? What other reforms might be required?
Richard Ackland (The Saturday Paper / Justinian)
Annika Smethurst (News Corp)
MC. Jon Faine (Former ABC Radio Melbourne)
Date: Monday 17 February
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Location: Bendigo Library, 259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo
Register: Click here to register
PH: 03 5445 0909
Talking Justice is brought to you by the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre (a program of ARC Justice) in partnership with Goldfields Libraries.