ABC pre-emptive bowing to the government a bad sign for public interest journalism

Crikey readers on the ABC, Fairfax and the cabinet files.

On the ABC, Fairfax and the cabinet files

Brett D. Wright writes: Re. "Did the ABC and Fairfax just kowtow to our bumbling, repressive government?"(Monday)

Bernard, I don’t say this too often, but you are absolutely right. To make matters worse, the ABC’s director of news is quoted in Lyons’s fond, rambling account about snags and utes saying that the ABC “could have told hundreds of stories over weeks or months,” but instead “chose to be selective and responsible in what we broadcast.” Just how did these reporters, given their extensive training in operational intelligence, actually make these choices? How did they, as Lyons explains, weed out the documents that “could endanger public safety or national security if published”?

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