AUSTRALIA: ABC Warrant Case Shows ‘system Is Broken’ – Change Law, Says MEAA
SYDNEY (Asia Pacific Report/MEAA/Pacific Media Watch): The ABC’s decision today to end the appeal process against the warrant used to raid its offices demonstrates that the system is broken, says the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).
The union says the only way to fix this is to change the law to protect public interest journalism and whistleblowers.
MEAA media federal president Marcus Strom said: “That warrant targeted journalists who had published the truth.
“The warrant was issued with the intent to bypass the journalists’ ethical obligation to never reveal the identity of a confidential source – a principle of journalism recognised around the world.