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Australia Role of journalist must be defined: Hanson

00:10  21 october  2019
00:10  21 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A journalist is a person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information to the public. A journalist 's work is called journalism . A journalist can work with general issues or specialize in certain issues.

Before journalists can write about a subject, they must first gather information. They usually conduct several interviews with people involved in or having knowledge of the subject. They may also go to the scene of an event, such as a crime or an accident, to interview witnessees or law enforcement officers

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson thinks the profession of journalism needs to be defined to stop anyone from calling themselves a journalist.© AAP Images One Nation leader Pauline Hanson thinks the profession of journalism needs to be defined to stop anyone from calling themselves a journalist.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson believes journalistic credentials need to be toughened up to stop anyone from calling themselves a journalist, again raising the prospect of a licensing system.

Senator Hanson was responding to a national "Right to Know" campaign launched on Monday by Australia's major media outlets calling for better protections for whistleblowers and journalists doing their jobs.

"But we've got to be very careful who we define as being a journalist. People who write a book could be classified as a journalist or those people that blog on Facebook," she told the Nine Network.

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Journalism is the production and distribution of reports on recent events. The word journalism applies to the occupation, as well as citizen journalists using methods of gathering information and using

Journalists have a number of roles and responsibilities that they must consider throughout the course of their entire career; but of course this depends upon the area of journalism with which they are involved. For the sake of my report I will be concentrating on the main area of journalism we have

"But I believe that people must be accountable to the public whoever they are, what position they are in."

The issue of a licensing system for journalists has been raised in the past because effectively, in Australia, anyone can call themselves a journalist.

But opponents have pointed to China's restrictions on reporters, raising questions about who or what authority should decide if someone can work as a journalist.

Meanwhile, Senator Hanson said she didn't think the media campaign would resonate with Australians although "I think it should".

The nation's major commercial and public media companies are warning against creeping laws that allow elected governments to cover-up scandals and hide or restrict information.

The media companies want law changes so journalists don't fear imprisonment for doing their jobs and stronger protections for whistleblowers.

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