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Tough times for shining light into dark corners

These are difficult times for people who want to shine light into dark corners, hold the powerful to account and, more specifically, exercise freedom of journalistic expression.

  • James Chessell
  • The Canberra Times

The threats to an independent press are most acute in places such as China, Turkey and Egypt where journalists are now detained (and worse) in record numbers for doing their jobs.

From Syria to Myanmar to Venezuela despotic administrations trot out the term “fake news” to dismiss legitimate criticism.

Donald Trump, of course, rewrote the anti-media playbook by labelling reputable outlets such as CNN and…

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