AJA - Professional Forum - The impact of anti-terror laws on reporting

Australian Journalists Association
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

Cordially invites you to a forum exploring the impact of anti-terror laws on reporting.

The forum is hosted by the School of Applied Communication and RMIT University and will develop and discuss ideas and perspectives from journalists, lawyers and civil rights activists about the impact of Australia’s anti-terror legislation on reporting.

One high profile case under the new legislation has seen more than 20 suppression orders imposed. Under the anti-terror laws anyone revealing they have been interviewed by police face gaol. These are just some of the issues for civil rights and journalism under Australia’s anti-terrorism legislation.

The forum is organised in conjunction with Civil Rights Defence, a group concerned at how some of our most basic civil and human rights are being eroded, under the pretext of the ‘war on terror’.

Date: Thursday 28 August, 2008
Time: 6.00 - 7.30pm
Venue: RMIT University
Building 8. Lecture Theatre 81022. Entrance from Swanson St, Melbourne.

Michael Bachelard
Senior Journalist - The Age

Louise Connor
The Victorian Secretary of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance will give a perspective from “The Right to Know Coalition” and what the impacts are for working journalists.

Brian Walters SC Barrister
A prominent Melbourne barrister and senior counsel, he is the immediate past president of Liberty Victoria (the Victorian Council of Civil Liberties).

Dr K.M. Oakham
Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the School of Applied Communication RMIT University

Feel free to invite you colleagues.

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