Earlier this month, Australian police raided the offices of the public broadcaster and the home of a prominent journalist over leaked documents, raising concerns about a chilling effect on the media. Peter Fray discusses the impact of the raids and why reforms are needed to protect press freedom in Australia.
Press Freedom and Safety
During his campaign for the presidency, Emmanuel Macron assiduously cultivated good relationships with French journalists. But since taking up residence at the Elysee Palace, Macron’s strategy for dealing with the press has become markedly more heavy-handed, says Matthieu Lardeau in an interview.
When the Trump administration announced its decision last month to indict Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for violating the Espionage Act, many journalists warned the decision would have grave consequences for press freedom. Geoffrey Stone discusses the complicated legal questions at issue in the Assange case.