You would think the media machine, that hungry beast of content 24-7, would never tire of topics that can fill the airwaves and column inches and provoke audiences. But it seems some topics in Australian public life are deemed too fraught and difficult to honestly engage with. A combination of active editorial policies of silence and passive unwillingness to engage means the coverage of issues from Palestine to institutional abuse is non-existent. Structural racism means there’s a massive gulf in the reporting around crises in white and black communities. And the tracking of long term policy failures like the climate crisis is inert. Are some topics just too hard? John Lyons (Dateline Jerusalem: Journalism’s Toughest Assignment), Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts and Louise Milligan (Witness) discuss with host Sophie Black.

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