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Questions About Australian Media Freedom After Egypt Releases Peter Greste

Categories: Oceania, Australia, Egypt, Freedom of Speech, Good News, Human Rights, Media & Journalism

Max Chalmers, from Australian independent online media site New Matilda, welcomes the release [1] of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste after 400 days in Egyptian prison. He also calls for “the speedy release of Greste‚Äôs colleagues who remain behind Egyptian bars”. However, he questions Prime Minister Tony Abbott's support for media freedom in a speech following the news.

[Abbott's] own government has been responsible for a crackdown on press freedoms more generally, and as he moved on to warnings about a new age of terror he laid the groundwork for yet more intrusive and draconian legislation.