You Can't Handle the Truth! Media's Dwindling Role in Democracy
Free Public Lecture
Governments and journalists have always had an uneasy relationship. But relations are at a low ebb at present after a series of police raids on media agencies, the introduction of laws targeting whistleblowers and journalists, and a deepening divide over who should know what. Is national security becoming a fix-all for political insecurity? In Australia in 2019, media freedoms are under threat and globally our reputation as a strong democracy is under a cloud. The need to speak truth to power is as important as ever yet the public, the voters, the citizens are left wondering who to trust – the media or the government?
Join our esteemed panel to discuss what’s needed to restore trust.
Ms Karen Percy, Senior Reporter
Ms Karen Percy
A senior reporter in the ABC, Melbourne newsroom. She has three decades of experience, reporting for the ABC in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin and Sydney in radio and television. She's also served as a foreign correspondent — as the ABC's South East Asia correspondent from 20062009 and as a freelancer based in Moscow (20102013).
Mr John Pesutto, Shadow Attorney General
Mr John Pesutto
Shadow Attorney General
John has an extensive record of service in politics and public policy. Hi is the Victoria’s Shadow Attorney General and the Member for Hawthorn in the Victorian Parliament. John regularly appears in the media and he is currently writing a fortnightly column for a major newspaper. He is married to Betty and they have three daughters.
Ms Sandie Keane, Editor-in-Chief
Ms Sandie Keane
Michael West Media
She is editorinchief at Michael West Media. The website is dedicated to public interest journalism with a focus on investigating corporate malfeasance, particularly multinational tax avoidance.
Dr Ben Eltham, Lecturer
Dr Ben Eltham
Is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism. Ben also works extensively in the popular media as a journalist and essayist. Ben has covered federal politics for a decade as the National Affairs Correspondent at New Matilda, and he is a regular contributor to journals such as Crikey, Guardian Australia, Overland, Meanjin and the Sydney Review of Books.