Monday, November 30, 2009

Luckhurst stands behind Johnston Press' paywall

I see that Tim Luckhurst's article on Comment is Free has collected a fair amount of comment

Johnston Press alone cannot restore sanity. But the experiment it is launching should remind us that information required to hold power to account cannot be produced free of charge. Good journalism supplies the raw material without which freedom of conscience becomes meaningless. Ensuring its supply is essential.
he writes adding that

The internet is a valuable tool. It can bring inspiring, diligent and creative reporting into every home. But it will not do so by obliging consumers to accept the shoddy, propagandist ranting some categorise as citizen journalism and less credulous critics recognise as a deplorable reversion to the days when news was always deployed as a political weapon and only occasionally reported.

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