While it seems Peter Dutton’s AFP will no longer actively pursue journalists who expose government secrets, the hunt for those who leak the information will continue.
With Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning behind bars, think about how many people know something, but are now keeping quiet.
It’s not just extreme examples like Julian Assange, the right to be heard, and the concept of dissent have been severely wounded.
With the government bringing criminal charges against the Witness K, the whistleblower that exposed their wrongdoing, we’re stepping closer to the police state we fear.
Late last year, Malcolm Turnbull contemporised WW1-era laws, which now involves jailing those citizens who leak information the government wants to keep under wraps.
As it stands, it is a criminal offence for government employees to release information, which has no modifier for whistleblowers. Time for a change.
With the death of asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei after being held at Manus Island, Michael Burrill wonders what’s the point of saving lives at sea only to destroy them on land.