The War on Journalism

The War on Journalism

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The War on Journalism is a harrowing story of megalomaniac press barons, conspiracies, sackings, cutbacks, and self censoring journalists, cowed by what legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh called ochicken shit editorso.

When first Chelsea Manning and then Edward Snowden blew the whistle, they did more than reveal extraordinary secrets, they struck the first solid blows against centuries old traditions, where journalism was played by agreed rules. Governments oleakedo secret information to their favorite journalists in return for sympathetic coverage.

Now racked by public distrust, the cash-starved mainstream media is struggling to survive. Newspapers which flourished for hundreds of years and TV networks that once ruled the world are in serious decline. Andrew Fowler gives the inside story on how and why the media helped write its own epitaph. Fowler, an investigate reporter with Australia's prestigious Four Corners documentary program for almost 20 years, and author of the international best seller The Most Dangerous Man in the World, the revelatory story of Julian Assange and the rise of WikiLeaks, has pieced together the extraordinary story on the decline of mainstream journalism.

It's not just the notorious tabloids like Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, infamous for its phone hacking crimes, which have caused the trouble. The BBC, Australia's ABC, the Washington Post and the New York Times, and the Guardian, are also in the firing line.

Now the establishment is fighting back with draconian laws to silence the new journalism. From the UK to the US to Australia, governments are harassing journalists, threatening to jail both the whistleblowers and those who publish their leaks

A battle, shrouded in the cloak of national security, pitting the public's right to know against the powerful interests of those who want business as usual, it's a stark choice- an increasingly democratic world, or one dominated by executive government, often unchallenged and unaccountable, spying on its own citizens and producing fraudulent arguments to fight horrific wars. Just who wins this information battle will not only define the kind of journalism that survives but also the kind of world we will all live in.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154 x 233 x 27mm | 425g
  • North Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 0857986848
  • 9780857986849
  • 553,565

About Andrew Fowler

ANDREW FOWLER is an award-winning investigative journalist and a contributing reporter for ABC's Foreign Correspondent and Four Corners programs. He has been chief of staff and acting foreign editor of The Australian newspaper and a reporter with SBS Dateline and Channel 7, as well as heading up the ABC's Investigative Unit. Andrew began his journalism career in the early 1970s covering the IRA bombing campaign for the London Evening News. He first interviewed Julian Assange for the Foreign Correspondent in early 2010 and went on to write the bestselling book, The Most Dangerous Man in the World, which has been translated and published in countries as diverse as China, South Korea, SA, Russia, Indonesia, Romania and Taiwan. The Most Dangerous Man in the World was described by Daniel Ellsberg (whistle-blower of the Pentagon Papers) as 'A gripping thriller. By far the best account of Julian Assange's motives and the talents that make him so dangerous' and by Geoffrey Robertson QC as 'the most balanced, fair and factual account yet published of a saga much misrepresented in the media'. Andrew's original ABC program about Assange and WikiLeaks won the New York Festival Gold Medal and he has subsequently interviewed Assange in October 2011 and July 2012. Andrew Fowler currently spends his time between Paris and Sydney, writing and making documentaries.
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