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Australian journalism academic and practitioner Matthew Ricketson’s new book opens with two quotes: one from South African writer Nadine Gordimer on the enduring presence of ‘beauty’ in the quest for truth; the other from US comparative literature...
On 3 May, 2013, AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre marked the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day with the inaugural event in New Zealand. The event was initiated by UNESCO’s Programme for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and...
In Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and Its Triumphs, John Pilger presents an impressive collection of investigations cover-ups and reports of crimes against humanity by writers who challenged these limitations.
He covers the coverage of wars and the fine borderline that journalists might cross to become propaganda merchants: World War II, Vietnam, The Gulf, Kosovo, to name a few, and now the ‘War on Terror’. And the performance so far of the news media in...
Commentary: In Baghdad, the rise and folly of rapacious imperial power is commemorated in a forgotten cemetery called the North Gate. Dogs are its visitors; the rusted gates are padlocked, and skeins of traffic fumes hang over its parade of...
Two months after ‘liberating’ Iraq, the Anglo-American authorities in Baghdad decided to control the new and free Iraqi press. Newspapers that publish ‘wild stories’, material deemed provocative or capable of inciting ethnic violence, are being...
A worrying feature of the Tampa crisis was that talkback radio and sections of the press often uncritically accepted statements from senior political leaders, without checking their truth. The most obvious example was the "children overboard" crisis...
Truth is always the first casualty in conflict, aided and abetted by half or part truth plus the blundering hands, heads, and pens of the less intellectual revolutionaries. ...The hostage government is paying for poorly written propaganda. 
Both the Fiji Times and the Daily Post reinforced the colonial myth that Fijian chiefs are the rightful rulers of Fiji, emphasising that Fiji, and this presumably means Fijians, was not ready for a multiracial constitution.
"Three months ago, Archbishop Sir Peter Kurongku delivered an address to the media freedom seminar on the subject of accountability. In his address, he emphasised that the media had responsibility to find and publish the truth. This, he said, was a...

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