The fund trustees direct the International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific to implement projects to be funded by the MSSF. The fund’s trustees are Marcus Strom, national MEAA Media section president; the two national MEAA Media vice-presidents, Karen Percy and Michael Janda; two MEAA Media federal councillors, Ben Butler and Alana Schetzer; and Brent Edwards representing New Zealand’s journalists’ union, the E tū, which also supports the fund.
Aside from contributions made by MEAA members as a result of enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations, the other main fundraising activities of the fund are the annual Press Freedom Australia dinners, auctions and raffles; and the gala presentation dinner for the annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. In 2014 and again in 2015, Japan’s public broadcasting union Nipporo also made contributions to the fund.
In 2018, the MSSF supported the work of the International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific’s human rights and safety program. Under the program, IFJ AP remained a prominent advocate in the region for press freedom, journalists’ rights and safety.
During 2017-18 the IFJ released annual reports on press freedom in South Asia as well as situation reports from Kashmir, the Maldives and Cambodia. Annual reports included the tenth edition of the annual China Press Freedom Report, and the annual South Asia Press Freedom Report.
MSSF continued to support the education of the children of slain journalists.
The annual highlight of the Nepal Children’s Education Fund was a three-day summer camp. About 30 children are assisted through the program, which was established in 2010 to help the children of journalists who have been killed since the transition to democracy began in 2005. To date, this financial support has been $181,472 (including administration fees paid to the International Federation of Journalists).
In April and May 2015, Nepal was hit by a serious of devastating earthquakes that left 6,000 dead. The media in Nepal was forced to work in make-shift shelters. Through MSSF financial support given to the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), a three-day, trauma and journalism workshop was held to better equip journalists to report during and after natural disasters. Read the full story on the IFJ Asia-Pacific website.
|All figures in Australian dollars||2017
|Balance at July 1||136,576||224,709|
|Funds raised during the year||97,976||48,505|
|Payments made during the year||(149,798)||(136,638)|
|Balance at June 30||84,754||136,576|
|Funds raised during the year||84,754||136,576|
|John Fairfax Employees||80,791|
|Interest on MSSF bank account||1181||3434|
|Surplus on Press Freedom Dinner – SYD||8966||22,750|
|Surplus on Press Freedom Dinner – MEL||0||11,828|