The AG NSW Mark Speakman is a good example of a politician
who has used the office of attorney general to suppress investigation
and reporting on matters that might embarrass his department,
its officers, and he.
The ABC reported:
Under pressure to do more to protect press freedom, Christian Porter issued a directive that prosecutors will need his approval before charging journalists under certain sections of Australia's secrecy laws
But Law Council of Australia President Arthur Moses SC said it would not help solve the "legitimate concerns raised by the media" since the raids.
"Let me be very blunt about this, it does not allay the concerns that have being raised in relation to press freedoms in Australia," Mr Moses said.
"It puts the Attorney-General, who after all is a politician, in the position of authorising prosecutions of journalists in situations where they may have written stories critical of his Government.
"It creates an apprehension on the part of journalists that they will need to curry favour with the Government or, in particular, the Attorney-General in order to avoid prosecution.
It is now a matter of public record (see story below) that the AG has attempted to discredit this writer's work on the 1MDB affair.
We should all heed the wrods of Arthur Moses SC, that attorneys general are after all politicians; additionally they are led by their departments which are seldom if ever transparent in their decisions.To subject journalists to their whims and fancies will result in further oppression of the media by adding yet another set of ministers and bureaucrats who will have the power to determine what may be investigated and reported.