(Original Article Source: The Guardian – Amanda Meade)
Sophie McNeill and Mark Davis reached the peak of their profession as journalists, winning multiple awards for the ABC and SBS, before walking away to pursue different careers.
Thanks to champion lawyer Mark Davis at @SydneyCityCrime who is working around the clock to defend these activists & protect all of our basic rights to peaceful protest https://t.co/hhBmWukqkx
— Sophie McNeill (@Sophiemcneill) June 22, 2022
Davis, a former Gold Walkley winner and SBS Dateline host, is now working as a lawyer, defending, among others, climate activists.
McNeill, who quit Four Corners to join Human Rights Watch as Australia researcher, recently teamed up with Davis to help the protesters, who have been hit with heavy penalties.
McNeill: “Climate protesters are being increasingly and disproportionately subjected to vindictive legal action by Australian authorities that is restricting the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.” Davis, who also successfully represented Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker when he was accused of stalking John Barilaro, is representing the climate activists for reduced fees.