Media bosses to unite at Press Club appearance addressing journalism freedom

Following a shared campaign calling for legislative changes around protecting whistleblowers and journalists, the heads of three of Australia’s most prominent media outlets will speak at the Press Club on June 26.

ABC managing director David Anderson, Nine CEO Hugh Marks, and News Corp executive chairman Michael Miller will all speak at the televised event titled Press Freedom: On the Line.

Marks, Anderson and Miller will unite to discuss press freedom and the AFP raids

Sparked by the recent AFP raids on the home of News Corp editor Annika Smethurst and the Sydney offices of ABC, the three leaders will speak about the concerns around press freedom and democracy in Australia.

Smethurst’s home was raided over her reporting on alleged federal government plans to spy on Australian citizens, and the ABC offices were targeted regarding reporters Dan Oakes and Sam Clark’s story known as The Afghan Files.

The Press Club event will discuss the right of Australians to know what powers the government are exploring and the code of ethics which requires journalists to protect their sources.

It’s a rare display of unity from the three media bosses which comes after the Journalism Is Not A Crime campaign ran across News Corp and Nine titles with support from ABC and leading journalists and media members.

The raids have caused a furore in the media industry, with several media leaders speaking out about the events and the future for journalism.

The live televised forum will be moderated by the president of the Press Club, Sabra Lane.


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