– With AAP.
1. Why the front pages of today’s newspapers are blacked out.
Media companies from across Australia have united today to fight for press freedoms and the public’s right to know what’s going on in our country.
Australia’s Right To Know coalition of more than a dozen media outlets are campaigning on the front pages of their papers this morning, against six critical areas of law which could result in a veil of secrecy being thrown over important Australian stories.
Today’s action was prompted by raids on News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst who is now facing possible criminal charges for reporting about the government’s consideration of new powers to spy on all of us, and a raid on ABC headquarters over a report detailing incidents of Australian special forces killing men and children in Afghanistan.
— Australian Media (@aus_media) October 20, 2019
The government is withholding information relating to aged care abuse, these proposed new spying powers and the terms of land sales to foreign companies – and this protest is Australia’s media outlets telling the authorities that this information is something the public has a right to know.
All of the outlets involved have asked the question: “When government keeps the truth from you, what are they covering up?”
2.”He’s got nothing to confess.” Ivan Milat is refusing to give a deathbed confession.
Milat was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the oesophagus and stomach in May 2019, and was transferred from Long Bay Correctional Centre to the intensive care unit at Prince of Wales Hospital last week, where he is reportedly preparing to die.
Serving seven consecutive life sentences, Milat has been imprisoned since July 27, 1996. Despite overwhelming evidence, he has always maintained his innocence.
On Saturday, 10 News First reported his brother and sister-in-law asked if Milat, widely known as ‘The Backpacker Killer’, would confess to being guilty.