A government-backed ACCC push to make Google and Facebook pay publishers for Australian news risks backfiring on all parties including consumers, argues Richard Holden. He says that government itself should help subsidise journalism in the interests of democracy.
South Australia’s media landscape is being rapidly diminished by recession, pandemic and the digital impact on advertising revenue. That’s bad news for the state’s culture, conversation and a healthy democracy, but don’t expect government to back diversity, argues Eric Beecher.
China’s intimidation and detention of Australian journalists mirrors actions against other foreign correspondents amid rising diplomatic tensions with the US and Australia, observes Rowan Callick.