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In wake of Christchurch, tech regulation in EU and Australia risks restricting journalism

June 20, 2019 4:20 PM ET

Terrorism has gone viral. The livestreaming on Facebook of the March attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that news reports said left more than 50 people dead was the latest in a string of terrorist attacks designed for the digital age. More than a dozen world leaders...

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Police raid Australian Broadcasting Corporation headquarters, seize documents over Afghanistan reports

June 5, 2019 12:29 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the Australian Federal Police raid on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in Sydney today and called on authorities to immediately return any documents or other property seized. In a statement, police said the raid was related...

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Australian police raid home of Sunday Telegraph journalist Annika Smethurst

June 4, 2019 11:55 AM ET

New York, June 4, 2019--Australian Federal Police today raided the Canberra home of Annika Smethurst, a politics editor for the Sunday Telegraph, and searched her property, computer, and cellphone, according to news reports. In a statement, police said the search warrant was part of an investigation into the alleged...

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Australian journalists could be jailed for allegedly violating court's gag order

April 11, 2019 4:20 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 11, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about summons issued by the Victoria state supreme court in Australia to 23 journalists and 13 news organizations to appear on April 15 and face possible prison sentences or fines. The journalists and outlets allegedly...

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Australian reporter hit by bullet in Philippine city siege

June 15, 2017 11:36 AM ET

An Australian reporter was hit in the neck by a bullet on June 15, 2017, while covering fighting between Philippine security forces militants in the city of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao, according to news reports and the journalist's posts to Twitter....

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CPJ welcomes release of Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

February 1, 2015 10:42 AM ET

February 1, 2015--Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, who was serving a seven-year prison sentence in Egypt for "conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood," was deported today, according to Egypt's state-run news agency. Greste, who is Australian, was arrested in December 2013 with his colleagues Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed....

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Australia's national security bills threaten press freedom

September 30, 2014 3:19 PM ET

New York, September 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists said it is gravely concerned by a national security-related bill in Australia, which could result in prison time of up to 10 years for journalists who report on intelligence. The National Security Reform Bill One was passed in the upper house...

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New bill in Australia targeting intelligence raises concern

July 17, 2014 3:06 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a bill introduced in the Australian parliament on Wednesday that could result in journalists being targeted for prosecution and jail for reporting on intelligence information....

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Australian journalist, translator detained in Egypt

February 13, 2012 11:47 AM ET

New York, February 13, 2012--Egyptian authorities should immediately release detained Australian journalist Austin Mackell, his translator, and an American student traveling with them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ mourns death of Australian journalists

August 19, 2011 12:06 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2011--The deaths of correspondent Paul Lockyer, cameraman John Bean, and pilot Gary Ticehurst of the Australian public broadcaster ABC are a tragic loss, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The three died in a helicopter crash on Thursday while filming in southern Australia....

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