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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Real risk

While Australian journalists continue taking incalculable risks in slamming Mark Latham - the Sydney Morning Herald's Peter Hartcher takes the prize for self-important and clueless insider - a number of reporters are gathering together to investigate last year's murder of Paul Klebnikov, the Russian Forbes magazine editor.

"...A group of major media outlets and investigative reporters announced in July the launch of Project Klebnikov. Project K is a global media alliance committed to shedding light on the murder and some of the complex stories that Klebnikov was trying to untangle when he was silenced."

Klebnikov was a real journalist, not a seasoned insider who survived on sanctioned leaks from over-zealous politicians. The vast majority of successful Australian journalists are little more than propagandists for one side or the other. So concerned about keeping their job and not stepping out of line, they'll rarely write anything that challenges the status quo or their media owner's wishes. Their greatest challenge will be wondering when they'll next be asked to interview John Howard in a real "exclusive."


Blogger Rich Bowden said...

Good call Ant, and a pretty good indictment on the quality of our Australain journos.

Recent reports from the U.S. have shown us that it takes an awful tragedy like Katrina to get reporters out in the field (at first they had no access to TV,internet etc)and so were forced to report facts the old-fashioned way - as they saw it. Apparently many reporters found the experience quite liberating!

God forbid that it will it take a similar tragedy here in Oz to get our media up and running!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:05:00 pm  

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