Panel discussion on press freedom

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The Future Forum will include a press freedom lunch, featuring a panel discussion on restrictions placed on news organisations that prevent the free flow of information.

The event titled ‘Please, let us do our job’ will look at the problems news organisations currently face, and discuss ways to maintain a free press.

The Newspaper Works chief executive Mark Hollands said recent events around the world underline the need for vigilance.

“Attacks on press freedom have increased as governments respond to extremist threats and global organisations try to control the flow of information for commercial benefit,” he said.

“In light of the recent Egyptian court decision to sentence Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two al-Jazeera colleagues to three years in prison and the clearance of journalist Alan Morison in Thailand this week after more than a year, make this debate an important one.”

The panel, moderated by AAP executive editor Phil McLean, will look at the government’s restrictions on journalists, issues concerning coverage of live events and photography restrictions, limitations over sports news reporting, and more.

Guest speakers will be Clive Milner, chairman of News Media Coalition; Andy Moger, executive editor of News Media Coalition; Georgia-Kate Schubert, head of policy and government affairs at News Corp Australia; and Shayne Currie, managing editor of The New Zealand Herald.

The lunch will be held during the Future Forum on Friday, September 11, from 12:45pm to 1:25pm at the Hilton in Sydney.

It is sponsored by Australian Associated Press, and also supported by the UK-based News Media Coalition.

To register for the lunch email Kylie Hannah kyliehannah@newsmediaworks.com.au

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