Report – By the Pacific Media Watch news desk
The Sydney-based Asia-Pacific office of the International Federation of Journalists has launched a global petition protesting against a controversial ‘press law’ passed earlier this year by Parliament, partially rejected by the Appeal Court as “unconstitutional” and awaiting presidential approval.
The IFJ’s online petition describes the law as “incompatible with the basic principles of freedom of expression, the practical workings of a free media and the needs of a modern democracy”.
The petition added: “Journalism should not be criminalised. Journalists should not be licensed at the whim of government appointed committees.” Read more »