“It’s abundantly clear that the raids have frightened off a lot of sources” – Peter Greste, Journalist
Press freedom has become a major issue across the globe in recent times. This year, the Australian Federal Police have raided the home of journalist Annika Smethurst as well as the ABC’s Sydney HQ, which has sparked major fears about freedom of the media. We’ve also heard reports the AFP accessed journalists’ metadata over 50 times from 2017-18. So are concerns about governments cracking down on the press justified? Are sources less likely to speak out? We spoke with Peter Greste, an Australian journalist who was imprisoned in Egypt for over a year, about the issue of press freedom. Angelique Ivanica from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance also gave us her thoughts about why we should be paying attention to the situation.
Also on the show, Jetty Road in Glenelg is a favourite shopping strip and eating destination for many, particularly during the warmer months. However in Winter, it can be a slightly different story. To find out more, we had a chat to Con Maios, Chairperson of the Jetty Road Mainstreet Committee. Meanwhile, last week’s Climate Strike saw thousands of young people walk out of the classroom to make their voices heard on climate change. Protesters marched from Victoria Square to Parliament House in a major demonstration, inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. We went to the rally to find out more.
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Airdate: September 23, 2019
Reporters: Amila Dedovic, Luca Rego & Adrian Garcia Rodriguez