Events

Kicking off #WorldPressFreedomDay 2018 in Australia

Twitter’s purpose is to keep the world informed, a value that we share with journalists on every corner of the world. Today, we celebrated journalism and the importance of #pressfreedom in Australia.

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Journalists, academics, lawyers, students, and many others were in attendance at the World Press Freedom Day breakfast.

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@AusPressCouncil started the morning by presenting the Press Council’s Press Freedom Medals to former foreign correspondent, press freedom activist, and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) professor @PeterGreste and Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Gerard Ryle. 

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A panel discussion followed featuring @PeterGreste, Fairfax investigative journalist @Kate_McClymont, News Corp National Editorial Counsel Michael Cameron, and the ABC’s and Sky News journalist Patricia Karvelas (@PatsKarvelas), as well as Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) and Gerard Ryle via video link.

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Photograph by Rick Stevens.

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As we celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2018, it’s important to reflect on how the media landscape has been radically transformed by the historically unrivalled potential of the internet.

With the massive amount of content being shared across the internet — including hundreds of millions Tweets per day — news organisations are more vital than ever in separating the signal from the noise and providing needed context to local and world events.

Events like World Press Freedom Day are fantastic ways to draw attention to the essential role individual journalists and news organisations play in doing this, and we congratulate not just the medal winners, but everyone in the news industry for their important work.

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If you weren’t able to watch the panel live, check out replay here.  

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The significance of what our media does everyday cannot be overstated. Thank you for continuing to use Twitter to tell stories. Your work is vital now more than ever.

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Kara Hinesley

‎@karahinesley‎

Head of Public Policy, Australia and New Zealand

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Jonathan Harley

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Head of News, Twitter Australia