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There's a paradox at the heart of Australian journalism at the moment: we are seeing some of the country's best-ever disclosure journalism while at the same time the industry is in a state of collapse. 

Going back to the beginning of this year, the reporting has been as good as it gets, and as good as it has ever been.

In March, Four Corners documented the killing of an unarmed Afghani by Australian special forces, presenting a near irrefutable case of a war crime.