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Protecting Sources and Whistleblowers in the Digital Age

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Protecting Sources and Whistleblowers in the Digital Age: New threats to investigative journalism

It is getting harder to "speak truth to power" and blow the whistle on corruption as the culture of surveillance spreads globally. What are the implications of national security overreach, and privacy intrusions justified as necessary in the context of terrorism, for freedom of expression and press freedom?

A major new UN study has spotlighted emerging digital era threats to investigative journalism based on confidential sources - the kind of journalism that is historically associated with the revelation of governmental and corporate power abuses. The study, Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age (UNESCO 2017), is authored by Australian journalist and researcher Julie Posetti and it addresses developments in 121 countries across the past decade.

What are the implications of this study’s findings for the future of investigative journalism practice in Australia? How should reporters, editors, governments and sources respond? And what can be done to mitigate the risks?

Find out during a panel discussion featuring prominent Australian journalists Peter Greste (ex-Al Jazeera), Caro Meldrum Hanna (ABC), Paul Farrell (Buzzfeed, ex-Guardian) and Julie Posetti (ex-Fairfax/ABC), the study’s author. Drinks and snacks provided.


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