Truth, Power and a Free press is a compelling exhibition that explores the relationship between trusted media sources and a healthy democracy.

Iconic objects from Australia’s media history are brought together for the first time including the printing press used by the Father of Federation, Sir Henry Parkes, Peter Greste’s letters smuggled to his family from an Egyptian prison and the protective body armour vest worn by war photographer, Neil Davis.

Through an immersive seven-foot-tall audiovisual display, some of Australia’s most respected journalists share their personal stories for the battle for truth. They explain why they do the work they do, the courage it takes and the responsibility they feel for reporting fairly and fearlessly.

Be inspired to understand how to navigate filter bubbles, fakes news and the importance of a free press.

Find out if you can tell the truth.

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This is a free event.

Four 7-foot tall video screens showing four journalists sitting on stools
The immersive 7-foot tall audio visual display shares personal stories of Australian journalists
Man leaning forward to look at letters and newspapers in display case
Learn the stories behind the front page stories
Woman in red skirt reading exhibition panels with tv showing news in background
Explore the relationship between trusted media sources and a healthy democracy
Visitors looking at Henry Parkes’ historic printing press
See the printing press used by Father of Federation, Sir Henry Parkes
Woman looking at pull-out back-lit exhibition display
Be inspired to understand the importance of a free press
Red back-lit display of old publishing and broadcast technology items and scrolling ticker-tape sign
See iconic objects from Australian press history
Two young men looking at old ABC broadcasting and recording equipment
Experience the original ABC broadcasting studio - restored to its former glory
Two women taking a phone selfie with ABC broadcasting backdrop of Old Parliament House
Take a selfie in front of the ABC live broadcast backdrop
Man leaning in to look closer at large ABC broadcasting camera with seat attached
Get up close to an original ABC TV studio camera
MoAD’s Truth Power and a Free Press exhibition entry with three visitors looking at displays
Visit the Truth Power and a Free Press exhibition at MoAD


2 Jul 2020 - 31 Dec 2021
October 2021
November 2021
December 2021


Museum of Australian Democracy18 King George Terrace, Old Parliament House, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaMap of the venue locationMap of the venue location

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Actively welcomes people with access needs.

  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss.
  • Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
  • The event organiser has provided an access and inclusion statement.