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‘Our reputation is trashed’: Sydney Morning Herald staff email blasts management in Rebel Wilson fallout

In a mass email sent on Monday afternoon, an anonymous staffer links the Rebel Wilson ‘outing’ to other management criticisms.

Why #AmberHeardIsALiar was inevitable

If it hadn’t been Heard, it would have been another woman accused of making it up — because time was called too early on Me Too.

Australia’s mainstream media is stumbling from crisis to crisis

Australia’s media landscape is turning into a disaster area littered by examples of spectacular misjudgment.

UK PM quits, some want instant replacement

Several Conservative MPs say UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be replaced immediately rather than be allowed to remain as a caretaker leader.

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Twitter is a swamp — but it fills a media void and swelled the green, teal wave

The platform isn’t always a pleasant place, but it challenges mainstream media and gives citizen journalists like Ronni Salt an influential voice.

‘It was vitriolic; it was nasty’: Holmes à Court on News Corp, the Coalition’s PR team

Climate 200 founder Simon Holmes à Court speaks to David Hardaker about the teal independents, the Murdoch machine, and the state of Australian democracy.

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Twitter is a swamp — but it fills a media void and swelled the green, teal wave

The platform isn’t always a pleasant place, but it challenges mainstream media and gives citizen journalists like Ronni Salt an influential voice.

‘It was vitriolic; it was nasty’: Holmes à Court on News Corp, the Coalition’s PR team

Climate 200 founder Simon Holmes à Court speaks to David Hardaker about the teal independents, the Murdoch machine, and the state of Australian democracy.

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Twitter is a swamp — but it fills a media void and swelled the green, teal wave

The platform isn’t always a pleasant place, but it challenges mainstream media and gives citizen journalists like Ronni Salt an influential voice.

‘It was vitriolic; it was nasty’: Holmes à Court on News Corp, the Coalition’s PR team

Climate 200 founder Simon Holmes à Court speaks to David Hardaker about the teal independents, the Murdoch machine, and the state of Australian democracy.

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When BoJo leaves Number 10 he will take with him the gift of the non-apology. For that, will we be sorry?

Boris Johnson has tried to atone for his awful behaviour by using wriggly words. But he’s only talked himself into a corner.

Australian soldiers in East Timor during the 1999 intervention (Image: Australian Department of Defence)

Australia’s Timor-Leste intervention has a dark history — one perpetrators want to hide

Australia’s intervention in East Timor saw serious misconduct by soldiers and bureaucrats. Some paid a terrible price for the cover-ups and harassment that followed.

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The day the Reserve Bank’s messaging nearly died

With the RBA preparing to hike interest rates again tomorrow, why are we hearing about the governor’s health in the financial press today?

Content about the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard defamation trial dominated the internet, primarily content favouring Depp (Image: TikTok)

Trial over, Depp v Heard content creators are pivoting to new topics or going dark

TikTok and YouTube creators relentlessly made content for their audience’s insatiable interest in the Depp v Heard trial. When it finished they asked: what’s next?

Leigh Sales on ABC's 7.30 (Image: ABC/7.30)

‘End of Financial Year Sales’ is on tonight. Thanks, Leigh…

The veteran anchor of ABC’s 7.30 program — spanning 12 years and five prime ministerships — will be signing off one final time.

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov (Image: Nobel Prize Outreach/Geir Anders Rybakken Ørslien)

Press freedom in death throes as autocrats shutter media outlets of Nobel laureates

Less than a year after journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were anointed the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for press freedom, both their media outlets have been forcibly closed.

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If COVID-19 gave you the blues, it might help to know you’re not alone

COVID-19 made us poorer, more depressed and less social, data shows.

Gripped by draconian laws, Europe is mired in its own abortion crisis

Abortion access remains restrictive or in some cases outright illegal in many European countries. Activists are fighting daily to support those in need.

The pandemic is far from over, with a fourth COVID shot on the cards

Experts say more COVID-19 jabs are coming — although when and in what form remains to be seen.

Overturning Roe v Wade didn’t happen here. But there’s every reason to take to the streets about it

The rage expressed by women at protests around Australia was tangible and powerful.

Abortion drugs are overpoliced, underprescribed and can be used later than Australian regulations allows

The draconian regulation of these safe, effective drugs is a hangover from an anti-abortion ’90s government.

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Top End trash … Dom’s dig at Gladys … another PR yellow card

Who’s dumping on our Top End? And credit where credit is due: the NSW premier made a good funny. These and plenty more from the bunker.

FLOODING IN LISMORE (IMAGE: AAP/JASON O'BRIEN)

Why don’t we hear ‘I told you so’ more?

Even as evidence mounts that climate change is very real and very dangerous, those who warned us aren’t crowing about it.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with US President Joe Biden at Tokyo's Quad meeting  (Image: AP/Evan Vucci)

Albanese connects the domestic and foreign policy dots on climate

The prime minister deftly provided another reason for going further and faster on climate policy at the Quad meeting in Tokyo.

Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese (Image: AAP/AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Voter revolution delivers new politics

The major parties are looking at a new scenario — they can no longer hold urban seats while trying to keep ‘mainstream Australia’ happy.

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