Australia has embarked upon a shift towards a “state of secrecy”.It is also sending mixed messages to the Pacific region on free expression, transparency and good governance, writes Mark Pearson. And from what he has seen over the past seven years as Australian correspondent for Reporters Without Borders, he fears this is an ongoing shift.
Analysis – By Professor Mark Pearson
I am reluctant to give more ammunition to Pacific leaders who regard Australia as some kind of exemplar in media freedom – in this case a bad example. On the other hand, truths have to be told: in Australia today there are some telling signs that media freedom is on the decline.
To claim Australia is an emerging “secret state”, we’d have to start thinking about what a “secret state” is. What springs to mind when we hear that term?
In the last century or so we immediately think of Nazi Germany, along with Cold War depictions of the Soviet Union. In modern times we look towards the tail end of the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) World Press Freedom Index and see countries like North Korea, China and Vietnam. Read more »