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When Journalists are Silenced, who will Speak?

When Journalists are Silenced, who will Speak? Journalism Professor Johan Lidberg gives keynote address about Australian Media Climate

By: Andy Trussler

Australia is sick with the democratic flu: a climate wherein independent journalists are harassed and disbelieved. 

Associate Professor Johan Lidberg, Deputy Head of Journalism, Media, Film and Journalism from Melbourne’s Monash University warns MacEwan University that in a post 9/11 world, autonomous reporting is under threat.

In his talk “In The Name of Security — Secrecy, Surveillance and Journalism,” keynote speaker Lidberg critiques Australian government management of media.

June 10, 2019, the Australian Federal Police raided the Australian Broadcasting company for over 100 confidential files and emails. With no bill of rights in place, Lidberg fears climate change is left in the background with counter-terrorism measures taking priority. 

“Whistleblower hunting,” he comments on the adversity faced by those resisting censorship, “… it’s turned into an Australian sport.”

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