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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia Index: offhand comments dog the big men of parliament

Another shocker of a week for the federal and NSW state governments, with ill-thought-out statements and ICAC raising the ire of the public.

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One year on, Eureka Report was no golden goose for News Corp

News Corp paid a cool $30 million for Alan Kohler’s business websites in 2012. But with Business Spectator and Eureka Report costing money, did News overpay?

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PADDY MANNING | ONLINE |

Exclusive docs show News’ Australian papers dragging down the empire

Leaked documents show a forest of brackets in News Corp’s Australian newspapers, with The Australian particularly in the red. How long can the house that Rupert built sustain such body blows?

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @r3sho on the Kurdish twittersphere and the battle against the Islamic State

Kurdistan is back in the media spotlight as the Islamic State’s power spreads — and it’s up to Kurdish ex-pats to keep it there, says Resho Bistuyek.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Finding tomorrow’s river of gold: Fairfax ties its future to property

Property and asset sales have led a Fairfax recovery, but it’s more precarious than it looks.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: Federal ministers struggle with words and NSW ICAC claims two more scalps

It was a week of gaffes and general embarrassments for MPs at state and federal level.

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Welcome to the Department of Australia’s Bureau of Regret

Nothing shows you the true measure of a public figure like the things they try to cover up — and the Department of Australia would like to share them with you.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @OKANsays on Sunday’s Turkish presidential election

Turkey’s gearing up for its first presidential election, but Turkish commentator Okan Altiparmak has doubts about how democratic it will really be.

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Watch out that selfie: when private moments can destroy your career

Advances in technology and our increased online activities are enabling employers to more easily scrutinise our private lives — with dire consequences, write Giri Sivaraman and Kate Luckman.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: Gaza, Justin Bieber and Ricky Muir spark discussion

Social media came into its own this week, as international events continued to dominate the local news agenda.

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ONLINE |

Something very rotten in the state of newspapers

Why don’t we trust the media any more? Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter says the internet and television are partly to blame.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Data retention is an intolerable threat to democracy

The government’s proposal for data retention is a direct threat to democracy and our ability to hold the powerful to account. Here’s why.

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STILGHERRIAN | ONLINE |

Twitter not as popular as you think

Everyone who’s anyone is on Twitter, right? Well …

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @NataliaAntonova on the horror of watching the world collapse

If you’re looking for a unique take on current events in Russia, the Twitter feed of Ukrainian-born, US-raised, ethnically Russian journalist and playwright Natalia Antonova is a good place to start.

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STILGHERRIAN | ONLINE |

‘Con game’: native advertising only works when it’s hidden

Like it or not, more native advertising — where lines can be blurred between paid ads and editorial content — is coming our way.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: a big week in international news puts Bishop on top

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has dominated news coverage, despite the political struggles back in Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

The evidence is in: copyright net censorship just won’t work

The government’s key proposal to halt filesharing has demonstrably failed overseas, and has dangerous implications for free speech.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @PabGallego on the future of the Left in Spain and Europe

The GFC hit Spain hard, and the recovery from it has spurred a resurgence of the Left, says Spanish activist Pablo Gallego Garcia.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: MH17 disaster brings foreign affairs into sharp focus

A busy week in news — from MH17 to a certain PUP senator’s requirements for a partner.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Higher standards for opinion writing as Press Council refocuses for digital age

Fact and opinion articles will be subjected to the same standards of accuracy and fairness under new Press Council principles to take effect from August 1.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Fairfax ‘weathered the storm’, says Hywood, but more cuts possible

The Fairfax CEO had no patience for critics at a Melbourne Press Club appearance last week, telling those gathered that his company had “weathered the storm”.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Dear George: the direction is AWAY from data retention — it doesn’t work

Europe and the United States are moving away from data retention, despite what the Attorney-General may claim.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia Index: Palmer rules broadcast as Senate wrangling dominates coverage

Clive Palmer and his rag-tag bunch of senators have got people talking across all forms of media.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

UPDATED: Around 80 jobs to go as ABC rejigs foreign coverage

The Asia Pacific News Centre and the ABC’s International Division are likely to contribute most of the 80 redundancies announced to staff this morning, as the ABC grapples with the budget cuts.

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Malaysian govt tightens grip on media freedom

The Malaysian government has never been friendly to an open and democratic press. But its lawsuit against an online publication is taking things to another level. Former Malaysiakini intern Jarni Blakkarly reports.

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