Press Freedom
in a Challenging Environment

40th Anniversary
International Conference
Sydney, Australia
4-5 May 2016
 

To help celebrate the Australian Press Council’s 40th Anniversary and its proud history of promoting press freedom and high standards of media practice, the Council hosted a major international conference in Sydney.

Key themes of the conference included:

  • the influences of technological, social and commercial change on journalism quality;
  • the need for reform of secrecy, censorship and defamation laws and the risks of over-regulation by governments;
  • the role of independent press councils in enhancing press freedom by setting high standards and maintaining public confidence.

Venue: L’Aqua, Darling Harbour
 

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OTHER EVENTS

 

Around 150 people from the media, government, the professions, regulatory bodies, universities and think tanks attended the conference, which included a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. 

Invitations to the conference were extended to a range of other leading journalists, publishers and thought leaders in Australia and overseas, including the major social media companies which are themselves becoming “publishers” as well as aggregators and curators of information. Press council officials from around the world also attended.

Among the speakers:

 

David Barstow, a senior writer at The New York Times and  an award-  winning  investigative journalist.




 



Kate McClymont, a five-time winner of Australian journalism’s most prestigious  award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley. 


 

  

 



Bambang Harymurti, Editor in Chief of Tempo Magazine in Jakarta, Indonesia and former Deputy Chair of the Indonesian Press Council.

 

 

 

 


Kate Geraghty, the renowned Australian photojournalist, delivered a luncheon address on 5 May, entitled “Words Fail Me”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Madhu Trehan, Founding Editor of Newslaundry in New Delhi

 

 

 

 


Anna Nemtsova, award-winning Russian journalist and correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Australian Press Council is proud have cooperated on the conference project with the Walkley Foundation

 

 
 
 
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