MEAA objects to Q&A inquiry
MEAA CEO Paul Murphy said: “In the past year the Government has attacked press freedom, the freedom of access to information and freedom of expression through its amendments to Australia’s national security laws. MEAA and other media organisations have repeatedly complained about these assaults on the Australian public’s right to know. Journalists face prison terms of up to 10 years for doing their job and will have their metadata trawled through in order identify their sources.
"Now the Government is at it again with this inquiry over an incident for which the ABC has already apologised and launched its own investigation into. Clearly the Government is seeking to directly influence editorial decisions at the national broadcaster.
“The Prime Minister has even pre-empted the outcome of the inquiry by distastefully insisting: ‘Heads should roll over this’. He should withdraw this threat and the proposed inquiry,” Murphy said.