Let’s call a public meeting, but not invite any journos.
Hang on – does that make it a public-private meeting?
Well that appeared to be the case earlier this week when the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initially barred all journalists from attending a stakeholder meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Sydney. DFAT allowed media workers back in eventually, but only as private citizens and under the condition of not reporting any content from the meeting.
As Rachel Worsley reports, media advocates claim this is suppression of information from the public, but others say it’s important to ensure that important trade information between countries doesn’t get compromised by unwanted public attention.