Video: journalists, bias and propaganda

Journalists play an important role in society by keeping a check on those in power, but are they at risk of becoming instruments of the powerful? The director of the Ethical Journalism Network discusses the issues in a Russia Today broadcast, here

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Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018. 

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Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018.