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The MP called for stricter privacy laws in wake of a scandal highlighting media ethics.
Proposals include giving the press council the power to penalise newspapers by imposing fines of up to $30,000 AUD and to submit the press to tighter controls, such as the introduction of licences.
Journalists who want to visit an immigration detention centre must now sign a "deed of agreement" that regulates what the journalists can report and sets out a system of prior approval for all photos, video and audio footage before it is published or broadcast.
RSF is concerned by the possibility that too much power will be given to the Australian Press Council, a regulatory body that monitors conduct and responsibility in the print media.
The ABC media tragedy is a loss for the Pacific, says PFF.
Technology reporter Ben Grubb reported on a Facebook privacy vulnerability test conducted at an Internet security conference which revealed that IT experts were able to access photographs protected by Facebook's privacy settings.
"This interference with Australian broadcasting sends the wrong message to many countries where the right to caricature is constantly denied," RSF said.
The police carried out the operation in an attempt to identify Justin O'Brien's source for a report about a police raid on the home of Darwin mayor Graeme Sawyer.
The two new draft laws promise to strengthen the legal protection of media workers in Australia, a country that lacks a bill of rights and where journalists have been open to prosecution for refusing to reveal confidential sources.
In an open letter to Special Minister of State Joe Ludwig, RSF urges the Australian government to pass important legislation on freedom of information.
The Indonesian government has banned a film depicting the murder of several Australian journalists in 1975.
In an open letter to the prime minister, RSF expresses serious concern over the government's plan to introduce a mandatory Internet filtering system to combat child sex abuse.
The IFJ said ASTW members would be compromising their integrity to accept the hospitality of the regime in the current circumstances.
The Australian police investigation aims to establish whether the journalists' murders can be prosecuted as war crimes under the Geneva Conventions.
CPJ urges Canadian and Australian governments to work for immediate release of two journalists held captive in Mogadishu.
(SEAPA/IFEX) - Australian author Harry Nicolaides, who imprisoned in Thailand on lese majeste charges, was granted a royal pardon on 19 February 2009, media reports said.
(SEAPA/IFEX) - A Thai court has sentenced an Australian author to three years in prison for insulting a member of the royal family, media reports said.
(RSF/IFEX) - Australian author Harry Nicolaides, who has been held since 31 August 2008 on a lèse-majesté charge over a passage in his 2005 novel "Verisimilitude" that criticises the king's eldest son, Bhumibol Adulyadej, issued a public apology during a meeting with Reporters Without Borders in Bangkok's main prison.
(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the adoption of a law protecting the confidentiality of journalists' sources after police carried out a search of the headquarters of the "Sunday Times", a tabloid weekly based in Perth, Western Australia, on 30 April 2008.