Australian Press Council 40th Anniversary Conference: Press Freedom in a Challenging Environment

May 4-5, 2016
Cockle Bay Wharf
Darling Harbour, NSW 2000, Australia

In Sydney, the Australian Press Council’s is hosting an international conference to celebrate its 40th Anniversary and its history of promoting press freedom and high standards of media practice.

Conference themes will include:

  • the influences of technological, social and commercial change on journalism quality;
  • the need for reform of secrecy, censorship and defamation laws and the risks of over-regulation by governments;
  • the role of independent press councils in enhancing press freedom by setting high standards and maintaining public confidence.

Speakers include:


David Barstow, a senior writer at The New York Times and  an award-  winning  investigative journalist.

Kate McClymont, a five-time winner of Australian journalism’s most prestigious  award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley. 

Bambang Harymurti, Editor in Chief of Tempo Magazine in Jakarta, Indonesia and former Deputy Chair of the Indonesian Press Council.

Kate Geraghty, the renowned Australian photojournalist, will deliver a luncheon address on 5 May, entitled “Words Fail Me”. 


Madhu Trehan, Founding Editor of Newslaundry in New Delhi

Anna Nemtsovaaward-winning Russian journalist and correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

The Australian Press Council is proud to be cooperating on this project with the Walkley Foundation. Dart Centre Asia Pacific is an event co-spondor.

Click here for more information and to register.