Some African journalists are concerned that foreign funders may influence what they cover and how.
Western aid has resulted in an Anglo-American culture of journalism education which has proved impractical to implement in African countries with illiberal political regimes.
The government has approved a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom – a step the major media organisations have dismissed as unnecessary.
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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.
Two Australian Federal Police officers walking out of the ABC Ultimo building after conducting a raid.
Labor is proposing establishing a new parliamentary committee to look into press freedom; one that will deal with whistle blowers and have crossbench representation.
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.
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 ABC and News Corp have argued that the AFP raids infringe the “implied freedom of political communication” protected by the Australian Constitution.
Media companies' legal challenges to the legitimacy of recent AFP raids will allow the courts to clarify where the line is between national security and press freedom.
Senator James McGrath in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra.
Following similar comments by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, a senator has called for the ABC to sell its Ultimo headquarters and move to the suburbs and regional centres.
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Ideally, Australia would introduce constitutional protections for media freedom. But, in the meantime, four laws need urgent reform to better balance those freedoms with national security.
Raymond Louw, right, with then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, middle, and veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu in 2015.
Raymond Louw will be remembered as a man of unbending principle.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has called for John Setka to be expelled from the Labor Party.
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Another hectic week in federal politics has seen Labor dealing with a controversy involving union leader John Setka, and the Queensland government giving final approval for the Adani mine.
The Northern Territory is the only Australian jurisdiction where the media can identify juvenile offenders. The government now wants to end the practice.
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Open justice is in contest with other rights as the Northern Territory considers a bill to ban the media from juvenile court cases.
This week’s police raids have forced us to think again about the role of the media in a democracy.
After this week's police raids on media outlets, we need a better way to balance two crucial elements of our democracy - national security and press freedom.
Acting AFP Commissioner Neil Gaughan speaks to the media about the raid on the ABC.
Geoff Crisp speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
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This week's raids on media show our democracy at its darkest.
On Wednesday, the AFP raided the ABCs Sydney headquarters in relation to the 2017 “Afghan files” report.
This week's raids on journalists and media outlets show not just the risk to those doing work in the public interest, but the potentially chilling effect it will have on more such journalism being brought to light.
Rwandan reporters are using journalism to promote peace, recover and reunite.
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Reporters and editors in Rwanda saw themselves as unifiers, and that meant working to promote unity and reconciliation.
The constitutionality of South Africa’s surveillance law is being challenged in court.
South Africa's law that regulates the Interception of communications is being challenged on the basis it can be abused by rogue elements in intelligence.
Caucasus mountains in Svaneti, northwest Georgia.
How does reporting on the environment promote democracy? A US journalism professor describes conditions in the republic of Georgia, where the media isn't equipped to cover issues like pollution.
Reuters reporters Wa Lone, left, and Kyaw Soe Oo after being freed from prison, in Yangon, Myanmar, May 7, 2019.
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Twelve reporters have been killed so far this year and 172 are in jail, according to a new report on press freedom worldwide. The US places 48th of 180 countries ranked, down two spots from 2018.
Reuters reporters Wa Lone (left) and Kyaw Soe Oo, leaving prison in Myanmar on Tuesday.
The influential military is still in a position to veto reforms, making the repeal of repressive laws difficult.
South African politician Julius Malema often attacks journalists.
For democracy to work, the press has to be free.