Saturday 1 August 2020
St Alphonsus Liguori
Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24. Lord, in your great love, answer me – Psalm 68(69):15-16, 30-31, 33-34. Matthew 14:1-12.
‘It is against the Law for you to have her’
Speaking truth to power has inherent dangers. Journalists all around the world experience this regularly, if not daily. Seventy-one journalists were murdered or killed worldwide in 2017. At least 34 were singled out for murder while reporting, covering an incident or because of their status as journalists. In 2018 the number was 63. The most dangerous countries for journalists were Afghanistan, Syria, India, Mexico and the United States. In 2018, for the third consecutive year, 251 journalists were imprisoned worldwide.
In Australia, the Federal Police raided the offices of the ABC and of a News Corp journalist. It remains unclear if charges will be laid. Here, there is no legal protection for whistle-blowers. Prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery remains in process. They revealed that Australia had wire-tapped Timor Leste offices.
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