Unfortunately, we are witnessing the unmistakeable trend of governments chipping away at many of our vital democratic foundations. Press freedom is being undermined, critical voices are being stifled and governments are eroding the right of Australians to gather and speak out about issues that they care about.
Australia is going backward on press freedom at a time when we need it more than ever. Governments are restricting access to information, fortifying secrecy laws, stifling whistleblowers and undermining the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.
Anti-protest laws are criminalising peaceful protest and community organisations are being silenced through targeted funding cuts and gag clauses.
Earlier this year, we launched our Safeguarding Democracy report which documents this worrying trend and outlines ways to reverse it.
We’ve been thrilled at the response to the report but we need your support to ensure that its recommendations are implemented.
Please stand with us and make a tax deductible donation to our End of Financial Year Appeal now.
With your support we will challenge anti-protest laws.
We will work to ensure a free press that helps to keep government honest.
We will protect whistleblowers and help to ensure that community organisations are free to speak out.
With your support, we will continue to safeguard and enhance democracy.
Director of Advocacy and Research
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