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Australia’s other army: the government bureaucrats who spin, obscure and feed the media

Australia’s other army: the government bureaucrats who spin, obscure and feed the media

Behind the scenes in Canberra, an army of taxpayer-funded media advisers pump out information that serves their parties’ agendas — and obscure information that doesn’t.

The big muzzle: how a government turns information into political propaganda

The big muzzle: how a government turns information into political propaganda

The man who once ran media for the Immigration Department says Coalition governments are increasingly imposing regimes of silence over their departments.

Australian media has an asylum seeker problem

Australian media has an asylum seeker problem

Traditional media has been out of step with its audience on this issue since Tampa — and the government knows it.

Is it selfish to not read the news?

Is it selfish to not read the news?

We're told we have a responsibility to remain informed of the world around us. But what if the cost is too great?

A nice lie down: on news exhaustion and rehabilitation

A nice lie down: on news exhaustion and rehabilitation

Sick of political news after the federal election? You're not alone.

How The Australian has run a Holy War on trans youth

How The Australian has run a Holy War on trans youth

Crikey unpacks how the national broadsheet is selling anti-trans narratives as news.

How will Nine prove its independence?

How will Nine prove its independence?

There is value in the former Fairfax papers' commitment to independence — value that Nine is rapidly losing.

Did Miranda Devine lose the 'war on drugs'?

Did Miranda Devine lose the 'war on drugs'?

Devine has been one of Australia’s most vociferous opponents of drug reform for decades. In his new book, Antony Loewenstein checks in: is the fight over?

Who is Charlie Teo, the surgeon making headlines?

Who is Charlie Teo, the surgeon making headlines?

Crikey takes a look at the media attention on the 'brilliant, adored, flawed' neurosurgeon, his response, and the potential fallout from Nine's investigation.

Yang and Assange show Australia's glaring double standard

Yang and Assange show Australia's glaring double standard

The Australian government is, rightfully, speaking out about the treatment of Yang Hengjun, but Julian Assange has been left in the 'too hard' basket.