Louise Milligan awarded Press Freedom Medal for George Pell investigation

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ABC journalist Louise Milligan has been awarded an Australian Press Council Press Freedom Medal for her reporting on the George Pell investigation and conviction.

This year’s other recipient  was Herald Sun  crime investigations journalist Anthony Dowsley, whose reporting includes a five-year investigation into the “Lawyer X” scandal which led to a Royal Commission.

The journalists were recognised for their major contribution to furthering the causes of free speech and freedom of the press.

Australian Press Council chair Neville Stevens said Milligan and Dowsley were;

“outstanding journalists whose work exhibits integrity, courage and a spirited pursuit of the truth”.

“Their reporting demonstrates and reinforces the democratic right to freedom of expression for all Australian citizens and illuminates the importance of a free and independent print and digital media,” he said.

“Louise Milligan’s dogged investigation into criminal allegations against George Pell has had a powerful impact. In her reporting more generally, a focus on voices which may otherwise not be heard is a constant feature.”

Milligan said;

“I am honoured and humbled to accept this award in a year in which Australian journalists have been targeted simply for telling important stories that are in the national interest.

“Now, more than ever, we need to strengthen the legislative safeguards to protect journalists’ ability to protect our sources and to hold power to account. Because that is at the core of what we do.”

Milligan is a Melbourne-based investigative reporter for Four Corners and 7.30 .