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Event: ‘Press Freedom vs. Political Power’

July 12, 2014 IN WIP
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Press Freedom vs. Political Power 

6:15pm Friday 18 July

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street

Free event, seats limited: please RSVP by clicking here.

Freedom of the press and the role of a critical media:
what the Peter Greste and Alan Morison cases say about the state of the world.

Peter Greste and Alan Morison are both Australian journalists who, with their colleagues, are subject to judicial action that challenges not only their own freedom but the fundamental principle of freedom of the press itself. In a world that is becoming more and more subject to political propaganda and spin, short media cycles and social media, the existence of a free and critical media is arguably more important than ever. What do the Peter Greste and Alan Morison cases tell us about the state of our media, the value that we place on freedom of the press and the role that we each have in defending those fundamental rights.

PEN MelbourneThe Wheeler Centre and the nonfictionLab RMIT University host a panel of journalists, advocates and academics to discuss the implications of the Peter Greste and Alan Morison cases and what we should do about them.

Please join our panellists in this discussion, Mark Baker Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Press Club, Cece Ojany the Writers-In-Prison Officer with PEN Melbourne and Dr Antonio Castillo, Senior Lecturer and Program Manager, Journalism, RMIT University.

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People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International