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New content rules should not come at cost of children’s and Australian stories

New local content rules for digital platforms and streaming video services are needed, but should not come at the cost of releasing commercial television networks from their current obligations, says the union for Australian performers and screen workers ...
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The ABC warrant case shows the system is broken

The ABC’s decision today to end the appeal process against the warrant used to raid its offices demonstrates that the system is broken. MEAA says the only way to fix it is to change the law to protect public interest journalism and whistleblowers ...
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Federal Government needs to stand up for Australian kids and our stories

The Morrison Government must stand up for Australian kids and local audiences and reject a renewed push by free to air television networks to scrap local and children’s content requirements ...
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MEAA concerned at China’s expulsion of foreign correspondents

MEAA has written to China's Ambassador to Australia to express its concern at the revoking by China of three Wall Street Journal foreign correspondents' press credentials. One of the three is Australian journalist Philip Wen who has worked in the Australian media for several years during which time he was ...
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MEAA disappointed at ABC raid decision

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The decision of the Federal Court to dismiss the ABC’s challenge to the validity of the Australian Federal Police raids last year shows there are still ongoing and serious threats to press freedom in Australia ...
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Address by Simon Collins to 2020 Federal Council in Sydney

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This is an edited version of the opening address to the 2020 MEAA Federal Council in Sydney on February 14 by Federal President Simon Collins ...
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Hike in secret access to journalists’ data

MEAA is concerned at the increase in the use of secret Journalist Information Warrants to access journalists’ telecommunications data for the purpose of identifying journalists’ confidential sources ...
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ARTK submission on the Model Defamation Provisions – 200124

Australia’s Right to Know (ARTK) coalition of media organisations (included MEAA) submission to the Council of Attorneys-General Defamation Work Party regarding the Consultation Draft (Consultation Draft) of the Model Defamation Amendment Provisions (Draft Provisions). "We reiterate here that we cannot accept dilly-dallying with less than optimally functioning defamation law in ...
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