Yesterday’s guilty verdict for corrupt former NSW Labor politician Eddie Obeid is a victory for voters, and for the Independent Commission against Corruption, The Sydney Morning Herald’s editorial declares this morning. Of course, it’s also a victory for the SMH and its investigative reporter Kate McClymont, who has been intimately involved in the SMH’s investigations into Obeid for more than a decade. The editorial states:

“Four years ago reporters Kate McClymont and Linton Besser exposed [Obeid’s] corrupt actions over the Circular Quay cafes. Obeid has used a defamation trial to try to silence our reporters. As such this verdict stands as a victory for investigative journalism that will not cower to ideological attacks, political pressure or financial threats.”


Peter Fray

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