Journalists have always faced challenges such as finding the money to fund painstakingly reported work that disputes narratives of the state and other powerful institutions, and finding publications that will print the result of investigations that reveal difficult truths. Journalists have also faced subtle and not-so-subtle forms of intimidation and pressure to censor themselves. How does the current era fare on these parameters? How has the consolidation of media monopolies, the proliferation of fake news, and the rise of social media giants who control news distribution influenced journalism? What are the prospects of doing real journalism that uncovers the truth?
Private: John Pilger
John Pilger is an internationally known multiple award-winning, investigative journalist, documentary film maker, scholar and writer.