New threats to journalists’ sources

first_img February 22, 2021 Find out more RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia November 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New threats to journalists’ sources Organisation Receive email alerts Google experiments drop Australian media from search results News News RSF_en AustraliaAsia – Pacific Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information January 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the Northern Territory police for secretly accessing the telephone records of Darwin-based reporter Justin O’Brien in an attempt to identify a confidential source, and for threatening legal action against him.The press freedom organization expresses its full support for O’Brien and his newspaper, the Northern Territory News, and shares his concern that the police had access to sources and materials beyond the particular items targeted.The police launched their investigation in an attempt identify O’Brien’s source for a Northern Territory News report about a police raid on the home of Darwin mayor Graeme Sawyer. Police in the state of Victoria admitted a similar intrusion into Herald Sun journalists’ phone records in September.Reporters Without Borders said it was ironic that the police were behaving in this manner at the very time that the Australian parliament was moving to amend the Evidence Act so as to offer journalists some protection for the confidentiality of their sources.“We reject this sort of police infringement into media freedom in democracies such as Australia,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Journalists perform an important Fourth Estate role in society and find their role compromised if confidential sources are intimidated by such actions.”“I am not going to be revealing my source,” O’Brien told Reporters Without Borders. “I am willing to take the stand and say I will not reveal my source. I haven’t committed an offence and they have accessed my phone records to try to find out my sources. There is no guarantee of the length of time they have been looking back.”O’Brien said he had done several stories relating to immigration detention centres and other matters with confidential sources used as contacts.Northern Territory News deputy editor Matt Cunningham said the newspaper planned to file a complaint about the police actions with the Northern Territory ombudsman.Reporters Without Borders is especially alarmed by comments made by Northern Territory police commissioner John McRoberts to ABC Radio on 9 November, when he implied that the reporter might have committed an offence simply by receiving information from a police whistleblower.“Such comments appear to be a classic case of ‘shooting the messenger’, which is all the more disturbing when it comes from a senior police officer,” Julliard said. The organization calls on all the state and territory governments in Australia to implement similar protection for journalists’ confidential sources to that proposed at the national level.Links to the Northern Territory News reports: http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/11/05/192081_ntnews.htmlhttp://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/11/04/191921_ntnews.htmlhttp://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/11/09/192831_ntnews.htmlhttp://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/11/08/192461_ntnews.htmlLink to ABC report: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/09/3061220.htm?section=justinLink to the Herald Sun incident: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/spy-force-exposed/story-e6frf7… AustraliaAsia – Pacific News to go further Follow the news on Australia On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Former Donegal Minister pays tribute to the late PJ Mara

first_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Tributes are being paid from across the political divide following the death of PJ Mara.The 73 year old former Fianna Fail strategist passed away overnight after a long illness.Party leader Micheal Martin has described him as a “true original” who brought immense humour, judgement and commitment to his role.Former Fine Gael TD Maurice Manning has said he was a close friend despite being “a master of the black arts”.Former Minister for Tourism & Sport Jimmy McDaid has been paying tribute to him on today’s Shaun Doherty Show:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/jimmy1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Former Donegal Minister pays tribute to the late PJ Mara Twitter WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week (photo – Irish Independent)  Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook By admin – January 15, 2016 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ Previous articleTown centre project scrapped due to lack of fundingNext articlePositive meeting over recent Donegal flooding crisis admin last_img read more

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