You Can't Handle the Truth! Media's Dwindling Role in Democracy

Free Public Lecture

You Can't Handle the Truth! Media's Dwindling Role in Democracy

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Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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law-cmcl@unimelb.edu.au

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.

Presenters

  • Ms Karen Percy
    Ms Karen Percy, Senior Reporter
  • Mr John Pesutto
    Mr John Pesutto, Shadow Attorney General
  • Ms Sandie Keane
    Ms Sandie Keane, Editor-in-Chief
  • Dr Ben Eltham
    Dr Ben Eltham, Lecturer