The Australian Free Independent Press Network (AFIPN) is an media organisation dedicated to bringing you real and often live reporting from events on the ground in Australia. In a world where media organisations are often owned by large financial organisations that also have vested interests in other companies, then the ability to get unbiased news becomes more difficult as shareholders pressure editors to only publicise news that fit their corporate agenda’s.
The only way to combat this corporate take over of our media is to encourage more independent journalist to cover events live and to show each side of the story. This is however becoming more difficult as the major social media companies are also owned by the same corporations that own mainstream media and therefore use censorship and will often de-platform people who speak out against corporate interests. We have even seen in the United States of America that a president was de-platformed from many social media channels.
So if both mainstream media and social media are allowed to continue to show only one side of the story and continue to de-platform anything that goes against the corporate agenda then the truth is able to be buried away and we lose all freedom of press and freedom of speech. It’s a very dangerous path to take. This is where AFIPN was thought of and put into reality as a way to give independent media a chance to have their say without the fear of being de-platformed and further helping to legitimise and professionalise them in the eyes of the law. On many occasions you will see live bloggers arrested at public rallies as the Police claim they are not media and whisk them away.
The way to combat this is to bring these live bloggers, independent journalist and videographers under the AFIPN umbrella. AFIPN is a registered media company in the state of New South Wales, Australia. When one of our journalist go out into the field they are doing so to provide content to AFIPN. They will be provided with a media pass from our organisation as well as a letter they can provide to Police to prove that they are legitimate media. As well as this we recommend that any independent journalist who provides content to AFIPN take out Freelance Pro Membership with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), formally known as the Australian Journalist Association (AJA).
By taking out this membership content providers to AFIPN will be covered by personal injury insurance as they would be under workers compensation, they will receive a media access card, access to discounted public liability and professional indemnity insurance as well as accredited training in media law and other areas of professional development. This will protect the content providers from arrest, they are legitimate media with all paperwork to prove they have a right under Australian and International law to cover these events.
Another important thing to know about AFIPN is that we have no plans to ever be listed on any stock exchange and will never list on these stock exchanges. It is critical that this organisation stays out of the hands of the corporate elite. We will never sell this organisation either to any major corporation. We are about preserving our very freedoms and the two most important freedoms and liberties we are focused on are Freedom of Press and Freedom of Speech. This is at the very foundation of the creation of this organisation and will be preserved.
To provide content to AFIPN including live streams of news worthy events please contact us at email@example.com