Freedom of the Press

Australia

Australia

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

10

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

3

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

7

Freedom of the press is respected though there is no Bill of Rights. The independent, self-regulatory Australian Press Council (APC) serves as mediator between the public and the news media. It resolves complaints against the media and also publishes examinations of press freedom issues. Substantial economic power is reflected in the concentration of ownership of major newspapers, cross-ownership of the media, and foreign ownership. In November, the APC accused authorities of censoring press coverage of the government's treatment of asylum seekers.