Warrant system leaves journalists and press freedom in the dark

sm mediaThe Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the union and industry advocate for Australia’s journalists, condemns the deal to create a journalist information warrant as part of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014. The introduction of a warrant requirement to access journalists’ metadata ignores the key obligation of ethical journalism the world over: journalists cannot allow the identity of their confidential sources to be revealed.

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Best Freelance Journalist of the Year Award – ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

sm mediaWorking as an independent journalist is not easy – and those who excel in the craft deserve recognition as a leader among peers. The Walkley Award for Best Freelance Journalist of the Year presented by Newzulu recognises the unique contribution that freelance journalists make across all media platforms to the future of the industry and is open to residents of either Australia or New Zealand.

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Prime Minister's Plan Misses The Point - Journalists Cannot Allow Sources To Be Revealed

sm media 60x60The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the union and industry advocate for Australia’s journalists, cannot support the Prime Minister’s proposal for government “agencies to obtain a warrant in order to access a journalist’s metadata for the purpose of identifying a source”.

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MEAA members call on Fairfax to rethink Victorian regional job cuts

sm mediaThe Joint House Committee has written on behalf of Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance members at the 13 Victorian mastheads affected by the NewsNow roll out across Victoria.

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MEAA condemns massive job losses at Fairfax’s rural arm

sm mediaThe Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the union and industry advocate for Australia’s journalists, is appalled at the savage loss of jobs announced by Fairfax Media’s Australian Community Media arm, with 62 editorial positions to be lost at the business’s rural Victorian division. The losses will be among reporters, sub-editors and photographers.

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MEAA condemns Data Retention Bill’s hunt for journalists’ sources

allianceThe Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the union and industry advocate for Australia’s journalists, condemns the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s recommendation to support the passage of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 without any provision for the protection of journalists and their sources.

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