An independent audit by former New South Wales ombudsman Irene Moss has found a general "subtle shift" towards secrecy in Australia.
The audit reviewed legislation and practices related to free speech issues affecting the media in Australia.
Moss says Australians should not be complacent about declining media freedom.
"I observe a subtle shift, which shows we need to be vigilant," she said. "Although we enjoy tremendous democratic freedom by international standards, we shouldn't take it for granted."
The report was presented by the media coalition group called Right to Know, which includes the ABC. The group says it will use the report to pressure all levels of government to lift their game.
Related Link: State of free speech in Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/news/opinion/documents/files/20071105_righttoknow.pdf
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