Blogging live from the Public Affairs Conference

Blogging live from the Public Affairs ConferenceThe 10th annual Public Affairs conference is being held in Sydney on May 18th and 19th. Check out our live blog. It's almost as good as being there! Click here to go to the blog.

Press Council Changes

ImageA proposal from news publishers including News Limited, Fairfax Media and APN to dramatically slash the Australian Press Council's budget would seriously hamper its vital work in handling ethics complaints and lobbying Government on press freedom issues. Click Read more for a detailed look at the issues.

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Funding Boost For Broadcasters Welcome

ImageThe Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance has welcomed the increased funding for the ABC and SBS in this week's Federal Budget but it falls short of the Government's pre-election pledge.  Click  Read more to see our full press release.

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Alliance Launches 2009 Press Freedom Report

ImageThe raid on the Sunday Times, deportations from Fiji, some clarity on defamation law, inside the draft FoI legislation, what's wrong with whistleblower protection, and the ongoing secrecy in government. The Alliance's annual report card on the state of press freedom in Australia was launched at Friday's Alliance Press Freedom Dinner and is available for download here.

Fiji Media Muzzled

ImageThe Alliance condemns the severe censorship being imposed by Fiji's military government and has joined the IFJ and other Asia-Pacific affiliates in calling for an immediate end to all forms of restrictions and intimidation.

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News Ltd: No Safe AWAs

ImageAdelaide Newspapers has "guaranteed" the extension of the redundancy provisions from the Alliance's collective agreement to staff on AWAs. However, in the same email memo the company says staff have no legally enforceable rights and that they must rely upon a company promise. Don't risk it. Join with the growing number of News Ltd staff who want to tear up their individual contracts and return to the safety of the union collective agreement. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 1300 65 65 12 to get off your AWA. Click Read More for full details.

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