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Journalism is in peril. Can government help?

29 Jun 2017
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State support for the press is commonplace in Europe, and it doesn’t appear to inhibit journalists. But does it bring real benefits?

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The idea that governments should provide financial assistance to news publishers is receiving more serious consideration in Australia than at any time in living memory. At the heart of the Senate inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism, established in May in the wake of another round of lay-offs at Fairfax, lies the question of government’s role in ensuring a “viable, independent and diverse” news media. At the committee’s hearings – and in submissions it has received – some form of public subsidy is figuring prominently among the potential answers.

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