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Legal Protection of the Confidentiality of Journalists’ Sources

Presented by Anthony Gray, School of Law and Justice

Date: 12 February 2020
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Venue: Toowoomba - Q420, Springfield - B154, or via Zoom
Contact: For more information, please contact AD-Seminars.
Booking: Please RSVP to AD-Seminars by 7 February, 2020.
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In June 2019, members of the Australian Federal Police conducted raids on both the private home of a journalist, and the offices of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The legality of these raids is currently the subject of a High Court challenge. This seminar will focus on that aspect of the raids which potentially implicates the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. It will be argued that journalists can potentially make a very valuable contribution to Australia’s democratic system of government, and that requiring them to divulge the confidentiality of sources against their will may compromise that contribution. Australia’s democratic system of government is protected through the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution.