Gerry Georgatos’ fifteen minute address to the Multicultural Media Conference 2013
Gerry Georgatos is the co-editor of The Stringer, he is a freelance journalist, contributing journalist to The National Indigenous Times, social commentator, life-long social justice campaigner. Last year he won four national awards for his investigative journalism.
He argues that Australia needs a freer press. He is among a growing number of journalists who believe that Australia needs more protective shield laws for journalists and publishers. He has long argued that Australia needs better protections for whistleblowers, and that Australia needs to reign in the capacity for wealthy individuals and organisations to pursue, unchecked, litigation against journalists and their publishers. Reporters Without Borders ranks Australia 26th in the world in terms of a free press, this is not a good rating, it is an indictment of Australia. The poor ranking is majorly attributable to the disproportionate capacity afforded by the wealthy to employ litigation against journalists and their publishers. The Plaintiffs can initiate litigation without them having aptly proved in the first instance that the litigation or Writs of Defamation were justifiable and not malicious. This has created a culture of fear among the Australian press with many publishers having become averse to publishing stories, no matter how well investigated and researched, if the subject of the story has a history of litigating.
Please read this article on The Stringer: A fair media – let no threat get in the way
May 26th 2013