Press freedom under the microscope as Senate launches inquiry


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Freedom of the press and whistle-blower protection will finally get the hearing they deserve as the Senate votes in favour of an inquiry to be chaired by Senator Hanson-Young.

"This week's arrest of four French journalists highlights how badly we need to rethink press freedom in Australia," Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Press and whistle blower protections have been steadily eroded and the government just wants to sweep this under the carpet.

"Today the Senate voted for an inquiry into press freedom and whistle-blower protection showing that there are some in our Parliament who care about a frank and fearless media.

"The raids on the ABC and a Newscorp journalist sent chills through the country. The erosions of freedoms in Australia must be wound back.

"The ability of citizens to speak truth to power must be maintained and that is why whistle blowers must be protected and journalists allowed to do their job.

"This inquiry will get to the bottom of what has gone on and ensure a future for a free press in Australia."

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