At its final meeting for the year, held last Friday in Sydney, the Australian Press Council welcomed five new Members.
Peter Greste, Julie Flynn and Kirstie Parker were appointed as independent journalist Members. Lyn Maddock was appointed as a public Member and Erik Jensen as a small publisher Member.
- Peter Greste is an Australian-born journalist and the founding member of the Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom and the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland.
- Julie Flynn is a retired journalist and media executive, former CEO of Free TV Australia and former ABC reporter in the Canberra Press Gallery.
- Kirstie Parker, a Yuwallarai woman from northern NSW, is the Director of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation in the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
- Lyn Maddock is a retired executive and former Chair of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
- Erik Jensen is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper and editor-in-chief of Schwartz Media.
"Congratulations to our new Members. Their diverse skills and personal qualities will be extremely valuable to the Press Council in these challenging times," said Neville Stevens, AO, Chair of the Australian Press Council.