OPINION

"Democracy dies in darkness." That's the motto of the Washington Post, and it refers to the role the news media plays in ensuring democratic political systems work.

It's also an idea that's been spoken about a lot in the last couple of weeks as debate heats up about the Government's current, and potential, role in keeping the New Zealand media alive and kicking.

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Of course, there is hyperbole and self-interest in some of the pleas being made by journalists and

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