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Opinion: Australian Law Stymies Investigative Journalism

INFORMATION ACCESS—AUSTRALIA

June 28, 2012

In a column for The Sydney Morning Herald, Markus Mannheim observes “a sad truth: most of the U.S. news investigations I examined could never take place here, because Australian laws and attitudes would stymie them.” Mannheim opines that government has a comparatively secretive system, “one that discloses far less information about its activities than do other Western nations,” adding, “This is usually explained away as respect for privacy.” Yet, Mannheim notes, it’s generally “OK to allow privacy to be breached in person, but not online…”
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