Australia will promote and protect freedom of expression, including media freedom, the safety of journalists and human rights online
- Media Freedom Coalition statement on Myanmar, 16 April 2021
- Joint Statement on behalf of the co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists on the situation in Myanmar, 1 April 2021
- Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne to the Alliance for Multilateralism Ministerial Meeting, 24 February 2021
- Media Freedom Coalition statement on Uganda, 8 January 2021
- Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne to the Ministerial Meeting of the Media Freedom Coalition, 16 November 2020
Freedom of expression is a fundamental part of a vibrant democracy and a culture of accountability; it underpins good governance and stronger institutions. Australia's domestic and international policy initiatives place a heavy emphasis on protecting the core human right to freedom of expression.
Australia has played an active part in promoting Human Rights Council resolutions on freedom of expression, the safety of journalists, human rights defenders, human rights and the internet, and civil society.
We are committed to ensuring individuals are able to enjoy the same human rights online as they enjoy offline. Australia became a member of the Freedom Online Coalition in March 2015.
Australia has supported the development of a strong, professional and sustainable media sector in partner countries in the Indo-Pacific region. This has resulted in stronger governance and stronger civil society and media sectors.
While we will highlight freedom of expression as a key political right, Australia will underline other important human rights. We will advocate for the universal abolition of slavery and the death penalty. We are committed to supporting the rights of persons with disability, combating homophobic and transphobic attitudes by promoting equality for all, and addressing violence against women and girls.
- Australia will underscore the fundamental importance of freedom of expression.
- Australia will advocate for the protection of journalists, human rights defenders and civil society.
- Australia commits to working with other countries to ensure that individuals are able to enjoy the same human rights online as they do enjoy offline, including freedom of expression.