Democracy and Journalism: On the Edge
Bridie Jabour, Afua Hirsh, Chris Uhlmann & Justin O'Brien and moderated by David Speers
Abuse of governmental power, the election of authoritarian leaders, the suppression of opposition and the curtailing of a free press all create the perfect storm. The erosion of trust not only in our government, but in our great religious, business and social institutions is undermining our faith in the way society functions, particularly in Australia. How can we make up the trust deficit in the era of fake news and believe again in the integrity of our elected representatives? Find out with this vocal panel under the umpireship of esteemed journalist David Speers.
Bridie Jabour is a writer who has worked as a journalist for News Corp, Fairfax and Guardian Australia. She appears regularly on the ABC, Sky News, Triple J and ABC radio Sydney and is co-host of the podcast Behind the Lines. She is assistant news editor at Guardian Australia where she has reported on social affairs, politics and regional issues. She has worked in the Canberra press gallery and was a reporter for Brisbane Times after starting her career at the Gold Coast Bulletin in Queensland. The Way Things Should Be is her first novel.
Afua Hirsch is an author, journalist, broadcaster and former barrister. Having studied and worked across 15 countries in West and Central Africa on international law and development, Afua became the West Africa Correspondent for The Guardian, establishing the paper’s first ever regional bureau in Ghana. She is also the former social affairs editor at Sky News, and the author of the Sunday Times bestselling book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging (2018), winner of the Royal Society for Literature Jerwood Award. Afua appears on regular current affairs debate shows on Sky News, CNN, the BBC, writes a column in The Guardian, and broadcasts, writes and speaks widely on identity, diaspora, socio-economic developments and social justice.
Chris Uhlmann is political editor for Nine News. In 19 years at the ABC he co-hosted Canberra’s top rating breakfast program and the national broadcaster’s flagships: AM, 730 and Insiders. Chris spent a decade leading the ABC’s political coverage across all platforms, winning a Walkley for broadcast interviewing and the Gold Quill for the Four Corners-Fairfax investigation of Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia. With Steve Lewis he co-authored The Marmalade Files, Mandarin Code and Shadow Game which were made into the Logie winning mini-series Secret City.
Professor Justin O’Brien is one of the foremost scholars of financial regulation, with a global reputation for academic excellence and practical engagement at the highest levels of corporate sand regulatory practice. He was won multiple major research awards both in Australia and the United Kingdom, including an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. He is Director, The Trust Project, an inter-institution partnership that has laid the foundation for the largest public exercise in deliberative governance ever conducted in association with the OECD. A political scientist, regulatory theorist and academic lawyer, Justin O’Brien was previously a senior television current affairs executive with a range of international broadcasters, including three divisions of the BBC – Network News and Current Affairs, World Service and BBC Northern Ireland.