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Law and the Media

8 November 2019 | Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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overview

At the inaugural Law and the Media Conference in Sydney we will discuss the way forward to re-balance Australia’s national security, data encryption, defamation, whistleblowing and suppression order legislation. We highlight why journalists engaged in legitimate work should be protected along with their sources.

Many ask does Australia need the equivalent of a First Amendment? We will open dialogue on what needs to be in place to better protect press freedom in Australia.

The complex global digital economy is also challenging defamation law and we discuss the reform that may be needed to keep up with the technological pace.

agenda

8:20 am

Registration | Tea & Coffee

8:50 am

OPENING | Welcome from the Chair of proceedings

Peter Wilkinson, Chair, Alliance for Journalists' Freedom

ACHIEVING THE BALANCE

9:00 am

OPENING ADDRESS

Senator Rex Patrick, Centre Alliance, Senator for South Australia

9:30 am

What should Australia’s equivalent to the US’ 1st amendment be and why?

9:50 am

The opening discussion will examine the need for a Media Freedom Act to re-balance Australia’s national security, data encryption, defamation, whistleblowing and suppression order legislation to ensure journalists engaged in legitimate work are protected along with their sources.

10:50 am

Networking and refreshment break

WHISTLEBLOWERS AND THE CHILLING EFFECT

11:15 am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Protecting journalists and confidential media sources

Daniel Bastard, Head of Asia Pacific, Desk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) PARIS, FRANCE

11:45 am

The recent AFP raids on Australian journalists and other recent high-profile cases will impact not only on journalists but future whistleblowers. What should be enshrined in our constitution to ensure we protect those brave enough to report and speak up?

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

1:15 pm

Public interest disclosure

Justin Quill, Principal Lawyer, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Macpherson Kelley

1:40 pm

Media reporting can result in “prejudicial publicity”, undermining the neutrality of the jury system, which in turn can undermine the integrity of a conviction. Social media has further exacerbated this problem especially in extremely high-profile cases. We examine recent suppression orders and their use in Australia and the way towards greater transparency and justice.

2:30 pm

Suppression orders and back to back trials

Dauid Sitbain, Barrister, Level 22 Chambers

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND DEFAMATION LAW

3:30 pm

INSIGHTS | Defamation law reform – getting the balance right

Professor David Rolph, The University of Sydney Law School

4:00 pm

With recent cases significantly highlighting the shortcomings of current defamation law in keeping up with the technological pace we look at why the law may need to adapt to keep up with the complex digital and global economy.

5:00 pm

Closing remarks by Chair

5:15 pm

Close of conference / networking drinks

pricing

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speakers

Senator Rex Patrick

Centre Alliance, Senator for South Australia

Serena Lilywhite

CEO, Transparency International Australia

Peter Wilkinson

Chair, Alliance for Journalists' Freedom

Professor Peter Greste

UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications, The University of Queensland

Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh

Senior Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland

Daniel Bastard

Head of Asia Pacific, Desk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) PARIS, FRANCE

Paul Murphy

CEO, MEAA

Christopher Flynn

Partner, Gilbert + Tobin & Advisor, Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom

Justin Quill

Principal Lawyer, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Macpherson Kelley

Jake Blundell

Senior Associate, Banki Haddock Fiori

Dauid Sitbain

Barrister, Level 22 Chambers

Professor David Rolph

The University of Sydney Law School

Sunita Bose

Managing Director, DIGI

David Vaile

Allens Hub for Law, Technology & Innovation, Faculty of Law, UNSW Australia

Ryan Shelley

Social Media expert

Dr Daniel Joyce

Senior Lecturer and Director of Research, UNSW Law

when & where

08 Nov 2019

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
27 O’Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8214 0000
www.radissonhotels.com

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Conference Manager
Veronique Henrisson
(02) 9080 4054
veronique.henrisson@informa.com

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Andrew Sinkovich
(02) 9080 4008
Andrew.Sinkovich@informa.com.au

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