Breaking news: on the decline of press freedom and democracy

What does national security, data security and the changing face of legislation mean for free speech and our right to know? A reporter, satirist and political theorist examine the state of affairs.

Australia currently ranks 21st on the World Press Freedom ranking. The United Kingdom ranks 33rd, while the United States is 48th and China is 177th. On the other hand, Norway is 1st and New Zealand is 7th. What do these rankings mean, and why is it important that we care?

In light of recent police raids on the ABC and the home of a News Corporation reporter, and Australian Federal Police analysing private flight records of a journalist, we ask – what does a free press mean or look like? Is Australia in fact, as some claim, heading down an intrusive and authoritarian path?

Join us for a special Sydney Ideas event where the 2019 Chaser Lecture guest speaker, journalist Vicky Xiuhong Xu; former Race Discrimination Commissioner, Professor Tim Soutphommasane; and The Chaser’s Julian Morrow, unpack these big questions.

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