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Peter Dutton has issued “ministerial direction” to the AFP over investigating leaks to the media. DARREN ENGLAND/AAP

Government tells police to lay off journalists in investigating leaks

Federal home affairs minister Peter Dutton says the government's "expectation" is that federal police should consider the importance of press freedom before investigating leaks to journalists.
Kershaw has demonstrated he is not afraid of change and tackling integrity issues in his previous roles – traits that could serve him well in his new job. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Meet Reece Kershaw, the new AFP commissioner. He’s confronted superiors before, and will need to again

The new AFP commissioner faces challenges unlike those of his predecessors, such as ensuring the independence and integrity of the police force within the Home Affairs ministry.
The government has approved a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom – a step the major media organisations have dismissed as unnecessary. Bianca De Marchi/AAP

Parliamentary press freedom inquiry: letting the fox guard the henhouse

A parliamentary inquiry into press freedom is merely a public relations exercise designed to buy time until the public anger over last month's police raids dies down.
News Corp Executive Chariman Michael Miller (left), Nine Chief Executive Officer Hugh Marks (centre) and ABC Managing Director David Anderson (right) stressed unity in their fight for press freedom. Rohan Thomson/AAP

Media chiefs unite on press freedom, but will it result in any action?

The heads of News Corp, Nine and ABC talked tough on the need for stronger legal protections for journalists. But unity is meaningless unless it brings meaningful action from the government.
The Australian Federal Police have allowed themselves to become a tool of ‘secretive, ruthless and vindictive executive government’. AAP

Australia doesn’t protect free speech, but it could

What everyone should want is a healthy system of government that can serve the public interest by bringing important matters to light.

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