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Journalists at risk undermine us all

Sambrook, Richard Jeremy 2016. Journalists at risk undermine us all. [Online]. JOMEC blog: Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. Available at:

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Civil society relies upon information to provide citizens with the opportunity to build political representation, grow economic capacity, improve public health and education and strengthen the quality of life. In providing that information, journalism can oversee the formation and implementation of policy and shine a light on corruption, human rights abuses or poor governance. It follows that societies, which are closed to scrutiny, where it is impossible to undertake independent journalism, will suffer as a consequence. It also follows that, to the extent journalism has a public responsibility, it must be to pursue independent journalism even in uncivil societies where conditions are hostile towards it. Shining a light into dark corners has therefore always been a core motivation for publicly motivated journalists. In doing so, they place themselves at risk.

Item Type: Website Content
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
Publisher: Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 September 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:24

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