Australia’s biggest newspaper rivals have made a rare showing of unity by publishing redacted front pages in a protest against press restrictions. The News Corp Australia and Nine mastheads on Monday showed blacked-out text beside red stamps marked “secret”. The protest is aimed at national security laws which journalists say have stifled reporting and created a “culture of secrecy” in Australia.
What do the media organisations want?
The campaign argues that tougher security laws enacted over the past two decades have threatened investigative journalism, eroding the public’s “right to know”.
Since new counter-espionage legislation was introduced last year, media outlets have lobbied for journalists and whistleblowers to be given exemptions to report sensitive information.
The organisations have also called for greater freedoms in other areas, such as reforms to freedom of information and defamation laws.