Freedom and the fourth estate



The recent AFP raids in Australia highlighted that challenges to media freedom are not limited to authoritarian countries. 

It has been reported that since 9/11, Australia has seen the introduction or amendment of more than 75 sets of legislation, many of which may impinge on press freedom. Simultaneously, the debate about journalist and whistleblower protection laws has gained momentum.

But where does the security issue fit into this? While a successful democracy is characterised by a free press, it remains true that there are often good reasons for secrecy and confidentiality. How can we reconcile the conflicting perspectives of press freedom and security?

As part of the Integrity 20 conference, Index chief executive and 2019 Freedom of Expression Award winner Mimi Mefo join a panel of experts to discuss challenges to media freedom worldwide.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

When: Friday 25 October, 12.15pm
Where: Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank Brisbane
Tickets: AUS $153


Integrity 20: Inconvenient ideas and how to disagree


Whether we are talking politics or something as benign as which way to hang the toilet roll, we are increasingly intolerant of those views with which we disagree. Our views are laced with moral judgement, our language inflammatory, and our argument delivered with the intent to win rather than understand or find common ground. Alternative, uncomfortable or ‘politically inconvenient’ ideas are silenced and we find refuge in our political, social and cultural bubbles. ‘Feel free to unfriend me if you disagree’.

How do we re-learn how to listen with an open mind and make contributions with respect, logic, and clarity?  How do we prioritize and ensure greater commitment to truth and fact over opinion and restore civility to public and political debate?

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Speakers” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”102254″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”102252″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”102253″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”102251″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This event is part of Integrity 20, which gathers remarkable people from Australia and around the world to examine and discuss some of our greatest social, moral and political challenges.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

When: 26 October 2018
Where: Integrity 20, South Bank, Brisbane, Australia
Tickets: Via Integrity 20 website