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Trust and press freedom

Telling the truth about Australia's media landscape


The Backstory: Trust and press freedom

Join Nance Haxton for the latest instalment of Griffith Review's The Backstory podcast as she investigates 'Matters of Trust' through the prism of the media – access to information, the processes of injunction and defamation that limit media freedom, the absence of a constitutionally enshrined right to freedom of expression, the shrinking of news sources with the closure of AAP and many regional newspapers, and the need for journalists to strive harder to earn more respect. 

In a changing and uncertain world, access to reliable and verifiable information is more important than ever. Trust grows from confidence in the information we have access to. When that trust is broken, cynicism and despair take its place. Journalists, media companies and public broadcasters are essential to the operations of trust – but long before President Trump's fake news mantra, Australian political leaders have been trying to undermine this confidence. Legislation, bullying and legal action have weakened the foundations of faith in the importance of media freedom. The coverage of COVID-19 may provide an opportunity to rebuild this trust – in the most testing of circumstances.

Featuring interviews with Damien Cave, Matthew Condon, Trent Dalton, Peter Greste, Kate McClymont, Mark Pearson, Hugh Riminton, Gerard Ryle, Leigh Sales, Julianne Schultz, Sandra Sully and Mark Willacy.

This episode of The Backstory complements Griffith Review 67: Matters of Trust.


Read the episode transcript here.


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Griffith Review 67Matters of Trust  – our current edition.

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