Thursday, August 23, 2007

Australia ranks 35 on the Reporters without Borders press freedom index

Liz88 has been doing some research on media coverage of refugees in detention and has found that the Howard Government does not score favourably on the press freedom index of Reporters without Borders in its 2007 Annual Report.

I have been in contact with an investigative journalist from the Fairfax stable, who indicated access to government information on the operation of the Pacific Solution is tres difficult. The issue has been obfuscated by a determination on the part of Australian & Nauruan authorities to avoid media comment on refugee issues.

Our open and transparent society has taken a significant step backward on Howard's watch.

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