Public interest disclosures are necessary in a functioning democracy. These reforms would make it harder to hold power to account.
If the government wants to save the social benefit of public-interest journalism, it must look beyond the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code.
Despite arguments that it is too loose, ambiguous and easy to hide behind, the ‘public interest’ is an integral part of the discourse, law, regulation and governance of modern democracies.
Leaking classified information violates the law. But it doesn’t mean that people are abandoning their ethics.