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Talking justice and journalism: CAJ co-hosts a special forum

What do suppression orders in Victorian courts mean for the principle of open justice, and for journalists?


A special podcast discussion from the Centre for Advancing Journalism

In the aftermath of the sentencing of Cardinal George Pell, the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advancing Journalism, and the Centre for Media and Communication Law, hosted a public panel to discuss the use of suppression orders in Victorian courts – what that means for the principle of open justice, and what it means for journalists.

Dr Denis Muller chaired a panel discussion between retired Supreme Court Judge Frank Vincent, who wrote the review of the Open Justice Act currently before parliament; Jason Bosland, director of the CMCL, one of the leading researchers in this area; and two of the reporters who covered the trial throughout but were forbidden from writing about it until the gag lifted, Melissa Davey, Melbourne bureau chief for The Guardian, and Lucie Morris-Marr from The New Daily.

You can hear the discussion on The Media Files podcast by clicking here.



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