Apr 8, 2009

Democracy and the near-death of public trust journalism

As classified advertising migrates from newspapers to the internet, the funding source for Australiabn public trust journalism is disappearing, writes Eric Beecher.

Eric Beecher — Chairman of Private Media (publisher of <em>Crikey</em>)

Eric Beecher

Chairman of Private Media (publisher of Crikey)

“Public trust” journalism is an essential element of a functioning, informed democracy. It is just as important, in its own way, as the parliament or the judiciary.

By “public trust” journalism I refer to journalism that applies scrutiny, analysis and accountability to governments, parliaments, politicians, public servants, judges, police, councils, the military, NGOs, diplomats, business and community leaders and the recipients of public funding.

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