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Why every Australian journalist is at risk if they offend Washington

Journalists and media owners have argued the case for press freedom before a federal parliamentary committee examining the issue.

While they railed against the raids by the AFP on the ABC and a News Limited journalist, and bemoaned the fragility of legal protections for the media in Australia, the bigger picture is being missed by the…

  • Greg Barns
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

First, as the High Court again confirmed in a recent decision, Australia’s lack of a charter or bill of rights means there is little by way of constitutional protection against incursions on freedom of speech.

And second, the precedent sought to be set by the…

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