Media Release 5 May 2016

 

APC - Australian Press Council
For Immediate Release | 5 May 2016
Awarding of the Press Freedom Medal
The Australian Press Council has awarded its Press Freedom Medal to two courageous Australian journalists for their outstanding investigative work over a number of years and for their major contribution to a free and open society:
Kate McClymont of Fairfax Media (The Sydney Morning Herald)
and
Paul Maley of News Corp Australia (The Australian).
The Medals were awarded at a special ceremony as part of the Press Council's 40th Anniversary Conference on Press Freedom in a Challenging Environment, currently underway in Sydney.
The Council has awarded three Press Council Medals in previous years, but the honour was reserved for people affiliated with the Council. The Council decided earlier this year to revitalise this award, and open it up to people who, through their work as journalists, legal practitioners, community activists or advocates of press freedom, help ensure the preservation of free speech, press freedom and open and transparent government.
"This year's winners are exemplary journalists, who have the respect of their peers and the admiration of all Australians for their uncompromising investigative journalism, painstakingly uncovering and revealing uncomfortable truths, often at considerable risk to themselves and their families," said Press Council Chair Prof David Weisbrot.
"The purpose of the Australian Press Council is to promote responsible journalism to inform the Australian public and support effective democratic institutions. We do this by setting high standards of practice for journalism, handling complaints from the public and advocating for free speech, press freedom and open government. It is entirely fitting that we honour two people who have made such important contributions, and exemplify everything that good journalism is about."
Kate McClymont said: "I am both touched and honoured to be awarded the Press Freedom Medal. In accepting this prestigious award, I hope I can inspire the next generation of journalists to have the courage not to look the other way. For democracy to flourish, it is vital that our journalists continue to hold those in power to account."
Paul Maley said: "The Islamic State, like all tyrannies, relies on violence, intimidation and fear to govern. Journalists cannot defeat it, but we can rob it of the false prestige it uses to destroy young lives. We must continue to do this, despite whatever threats are thrown our way. I am profoundly honoured to receive the Press Freedom Medal which recognises the work of all journalists in this field."
Read the award citations here.
For more information about the Press Freedom Medal or to arrange an interview with Council's Chair or the recipients, contact the Director of Research and Communications by email at [email protected] or by telephone: 0451 978 276
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