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Supporting storytelling at the Museum of Australian Democracy

Access to information is an essential part of any democracy. Today the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) launched its new Truth, Power and a Free Press permanent exhibition, which begins a conversation about media and issues affecting democracies.

The Google News Initiative, along with the ABC, SBS, 7 and Nine have supported this exhibition which brings together stories from respected Australian journalists and objects from Australia’s media history.

One of the major installations of Truth, Power and a Free Press is a bespoke audiovisual installation that uses technology developed by Google’s Creative Lab in partnership with SBS Digital Labs.

The installation shares the complex challenges and motivations of 12 renowned Australian journalists in their own words, including Hedley Thomas, Ghassan Nakhoul, Chris Masters, Hamish MacDonald and Adele Ferguson.

The broader exhibition includes the printing press used by Sir Henry Parkes, Peter Greste’s letters smuggled to his family from an Egyptian prison, the protective vest worn by war photographer Neil Davis and more.

We’re pleased to have the opportunity to support MoAD and Truth, Power and a Free Press, and hope that it helps to inform visitors about the critical role of journalism and press freedom for years to come.