Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Receive email alerts AustraliaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Australia February 22, 2021 Find out more AustraliaAsia – Pacific November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia September 8, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for overhaul of freedom of information laws after disappointing decision by High Court Organisation News Help by sharing this information January 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called on Australia’s government and parliament to urgently amend its laws on the right and access to information in order to better protect press freedom after a high court ruling confirmed the extent to which these rights and freedoms are curtailed.”It is regrettable in a democracy that a government can so easily reject a journalist’s request for access to information that is in the public interest,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is even more regrettable that the courts uphold the government’s ability to evade the need for transparency.”Reporters Without Borders added that it was supporting calls from the Australian Press Council and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance for an overhaul of the existing legislation.In a three-to-two majority decision, the high court of Australia ruled on 6 September that the treasury department was right not to supply The Australian daily newspaper with the information about income tax which the newspaper’s freedom of information editor, Michael McKinnon, requested a few years ago under the 2002 Freedom of Information Act.The authorities are empowered under the access to information laws to reject a request from a news organisation if they considered it is against “the public interest.” The treasury minister twice blocked McKinnon’s request for documents relating to tax policy.The Australian Press Council said the high court’s decision would give the authorities a “fresh impetus to suppress information that is embarrassing or politically inconvenient.” The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance said the existing legislation “provided several barriers for journalists seeking access to non-personal information.” to go further News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News read more
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City Councilor Cindy Rojas, who chairs the city council’s Committee on Appropriations and Finance, said this new policy will amend the existing City Ordinance No. 08-14-670. She also said the appropriation was already included in the city’s 2020 annual budget, adding that in order to fund the program, P5 million must be allocated in every annual city budget. City Councilor Archie Baribar, author of the proposed ordinance, said city residents who will reach the age of 80 to 89 shall receive an incentive of P10,000 under the new policy. While those who reach the age of 90 to 99 shall receive another P10,000. “It be implemented by next year oncesigned by Mayor Evelio Leonardia,” Rojas added. BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod here passed on third and finalreading the measure that would institute a “ladderized” scheme in the releasingof cash benefits to centenarians of this city. Earlier this year, Negros Occidental fifth district Rep. Marilou Arroyo filed a bill before the House of Representatives proposing a similar measure./PN read more