Media bosses remain frustrated as Federal Government fails to defend the public’s right to be informed

Managing Director of the ABC David Anderson

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The recent AFP raids on the ABC headquarters and the home of a news corp journalist has started a national debate on press freedom.

Today, representatives for ABC, Nine, News Corp, Free TV, SBS and Seven West Media met with Attorney-General Christian Porter and Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher to discuss the issue.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson issued the following statement after the meeting on behalf of all media organisations involved.

We had a constructive discussion with Attorney-General Christian Porter and Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher today but we remain frustrated that a month after search warrants were carried out by the Australian Federal Police the fate of our journalists remains unclear.

While our strong preference was for immediate action rather than inquiries, we will engage with any processes that seek to address the issues we have raised. We will continue to push for real outcomes that strengthen the Australian public’s fundamental right to know.

We have committed to making further direct submissions both on the fate of our journalists and on the specific areas where freedom of the press has been eroded and we have agreed to meet with the Attorney-General and Minister for Communications again in three months’ time.

We stressed in today’s meeting the importance of the Federal Government taking a leadership position on the public’s right to be informed and to set the tone for a less secret and more open democracy.