Australian courts unconcerned by press freedom, protection of sources

first_imgNews April 16, 2020 Australian courts unconcerned by press freedom, protection of sources Disturbing legal precedent News News RSF_en AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment The court nonetheless said the federal police could keep and continue to use the documents seized during the raid, the real aim of which was to identify a source. Worse still, the court only took a position on the way the warrant was worded. None of the judges expressed an opinion on the legality of a raid carried out with the aim of identifying a reporter’s or news organization’s sources. The decision was therefore a Pyrrhic victory. The court’s seven judges ruled that the warrant used by the federal police to search reporter Annika Smethurst’s home in Canberra on 4 June 2019 was invalid because if failed to properly specify the alleged offence justifying the raid. The decision was issued in response to a challenge by Smethurst’s employer, News Corp. February 22, 2021 Find out more Undermined Help by sharing this information January 21, 2021 Find out more This in effect means that police officers can at any time and with complete legality swoop on any Australian journalist’s home and search it from top to bottom because of an article they wrote. News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst, whose home was raided by federal police. (photo: courtesy of Dominic Lorrimer / SMH). The legal precedents set by both of these cases are especially fraught with consequences because Australia’s constitutional law contains no guarantees for press freedom. Australia is ranked 21st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.center_img In response to ABC’s legal challenge, a federal court finally ruled on 17 February that the warrant used in this raid was legal, thereby further undermining the legal guarantees for the protection of journalists’ sources in Australia. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Australia AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment November 19, 2020 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the fact that, although Australia’s high court ruled yesterday that the warrant used to search a reporter’s home in 2019 was invalid, its judges continue to recognize that the police have a right to violate the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia Bastard added: “In the light of this particularly disturbing judicial precedent, it is high time that Australia’s legislators established clear legal guarantees for press freedom and the protection of whistleblowers.” Google experiments drop Australian media from search results “In its ruling, the high court made no reference to press freedom and the protection of sources although they are at the very core of this case,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The judges told the federal police they did their job badly but, at the same time, they have given them the right to violate journalists’ sources again.” The search of Smethurst’s home was followed the next day by a federal police raid on the Sydney headquarters of the national public broadcaster ABC , in which the police searched computers, email accounts and data storage devices in an attempt to identify the sources that two journalists, Sam Clark and Dan Oakes, used for report about the alleged role of Australia’s Special Forces in the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan. News Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabialast_img read more

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Two men convicted in relation to the death of Paul Mc Cauley

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Two men have been convicted in relation to the death of Paul Mc Cauley in Derry in 2015, almost nine years after a vicious assault on the Waterside.28 year old Piper John McClements from Derry, previously known as Daryl Proctor, pleaded guilty to the murder of Paul McCauley.Prior to Paul’s death McClements had been convicted of attempted murder, and served six years of a 12 year sentence. Today he was sentenced to serve a further three years in prison for murder.31 year old Matthew Gillen from Derry pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, half to be served in prison and half on licence.The PSNI are appealing for information about other men believed to have been involved in the assault.************************PSNI statement in full -Two men sentenced at Laganside Crown Court for their role in the murder of Paul McCauley Two men have been sentenced today, Friday 21 December, at Laganside Crown Court for their role in the murder of Paul McCauley in Derry/L’Derry. Paul was attacked at a friend’s barbecue in the early hours of 16 July 2006 and suffered severe head injuries, leaving him in a vegetative state. Over the next nine years Paul’s condition slowly deteriorated and Paul sadly passed away in June 2015.Piper John McClements (28), previously known as Daryl Proctor, from Derry/L’Derry pleaded guilty to the murder of Paul McCauley. Prior to Paul’s death McClements was previously charged with the attempted murder of Paul and was convicted at Londonderry Crown Court sitting at Belfast on 6th February 2009. He served six years in prison of a 12 year sentence. Today he was sentenced to serve a further three years in prison for murder. Matthew Gillen (31) from Derry/L’Derry pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, half to be served in prison and half on licence.Detective Chief Inspector, Michael Harvey said: “On 16 July 2006 Paul was with two friends at a barbeque when at around 3.00 am a group of people came out from the bushes and launched a vicious attack.“My inquiries would indicate around six males were involved in the attack on Paul and his two friends. Paul was the most severely injured, suffering a fractured skull and bleeding to his brain. Tragically, Paul remained in a coma from this assault and passed away nine years later surrounded by his family.“Paul was 29 years old when he was the innocent victim of this unprovoked sectarian assault from which he never regained consciousness. He was a much loved friend and family member who volunteered in his local community and his life was brought to a brutal end for no logical reason.“I hope today’s sentencing provides some measure of comfort to Paul’s family. Piper John McClements and Matthew Gillen carried out this despicable act of violence which ultimately took Paul’s life and caused complete devastation to his loved ones.“No one can dispute how difficult the past twelve years must have been for Paul’s family since the vicious attack but their dignity, courage and commitment to seeing justice done has never wavered.“I want to thank my investigation team for their determination, professionalism and resilience in taking forward this challenging investigation. I also wish to thank Police Scotland and the Public Prosecution Service for their help and support during this inquiry.“I would appeal to anyone who has any information about the other men involved in this attack to examine your consciences and do the right thing. This vicious attack was twelve years ago and Paul’s family have had to live with the terrible consequences.  Allegiances and loyalties are likely to have changed so I would urge anyone with any information that will help us to bring everyone involved in the assault before the Courts to contact Police on 101.” Homepage BannerNews Twitter Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two men convicted in relation to the death of Paul Mc Cauley Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ Previous articleLaura Feely in Ireland squad for Women’s Six NationsNext article€34 million to be spent on Donegal’s roads in 2019 – Mc Hugh News Highland By News Highland – December 21, 2018 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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