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Freedom of the Press: where to from here?

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Freedom of the Press: where to from here?

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

(Thomas Jefferson, 1786)

The Queensland Chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group is proud to host a discussion panel on Freedom of the Press, featuring Professor Peter Greste and media experts Professor Julianne Schultz and Peter Black.

Peter Greste

Professor Peter Greste is UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland. He came to academia in 2018 after a 30-year career as an award-winning foreign correspondent for the BBC, Reuters, CNN and Al Jazeera in some of the world’s most volatile places. From Afghanistan, to Latin American, Africa and the Middle East, he has reported from the frontlines and beyond. He is best known for becoming a headline himself, when he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Cairo while working for Al Jazeera, and charged with terrorism offences. In letters smuggled from prison, he described the arrests as an attack on media freedom. The letters helped launch a global campaign that eventually got them released after more than 400 days in prison. His stance helped earn him numerous awards including from the Royal Television Society, the Walkley Foundation, the RSL, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the International Association of Press Clubs.

In 2017, with two colleagues, he established the advocacy group, the Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom which actively campaigns for media freedom across Australia and the Asia Pacific region. As an academic, he leads a research program investigating the impact of national security legislation on public interest journalism. Peter is the author of The First Casualty about his experiences in Egypt, and the wider war on journalism.

Julianne Schultz

Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is Professor of Media and Culture at Griffith University, and the publisher of Griffith Review. Drawing on her experience as a journalist, editor, senior media manager and researcher she has written extensively about the media. Her book Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge) explored the complex relationship between journalists, media owners and the political system and the particular role of investigative reporting. Her essay, Move fast and break many things, features in Griffith Review 64: The New Disruptors. She chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of The Conversation.

Peter Black

Peter Black is the Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the Law Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, where he researches and teaches constitutional law, media law and internet law. Peter has degrees in Arts (major in Media Studies) and Law (University Medallist) from University of Queensland, and a Master of Laws from Columbia University in New York, where he focused on free speech and the First Amendment. He has expertise in the legal and policy issues surrounding social media. He is a regular media commentator on these and other issues, including government, politics and constitutional law.

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