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Objectivity serves the powerful, and silences the oppressed

Australian journalists still cling to ‘objectivity’ as the hallmark of ‘good journalism’.

And yet, Palestine has shown us how colonial notions of ‘objectivity’ pave the way for genocide.

Last week, ABC journalist Leigh Sales, formerly of flagship ABC program ‘7:30’, delivered the annual Andrew Olle lecture.

In it, she sought to explain the public’s growing distrust of the media, but not before recounting a long, mundane anecdote about the time she stole the parking space of ABC chair Ita Buttross (which is probably of no interest to anyone outside of the small, Australian media landscape, which to me, suggests a limited capacity to understand what’s in the…

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