Wednesday 1 April 2020
Daniel 3:14-20, 24-25, 28. Glory and praise to you for ever! – Daniel 3:52-56. John 8: 31-42.
‘You will come to know the truth and the truth will set you free.’
When governments are secretive, corruption occurs in high places, the vulnerable are abused and people are poor, homeless and hungry, someone needs to tell us. That is where whistleblowers, journalists and a free press come in. In June 2019, The New York Times commented that Australia is the world’s most secretive democracy. Australian Federal Police raided the ABC and a journalist’s home. Witness K and Bernard Collaery are prosecuted for revealing Australia spied on East Timor.
Australia lacks a Bill of Rights, an explicit constitutional right to free speech and legal protection for whistleblowers. Journalists struggle to protect sources. New laws erode basic human rights.
Jesus, you spoke out against laws that burdened and oppressed. Help us challenge unjust laws. Help us fight for organisations that reveal uncomfortable truths, for journalists and their sources and whistleblowers.