COMMENT: Last week was a big one for the media.

Last week was a big one for the media. Not only did New Zealand's biggest newspaper launch a new paywall, but Thursday was "World News Day", and Friday was "World Media Freedom Day". All of this prompts the question, how well is New Zealand society and democracy served by the media in 2019?

The World Press Freedom Index recently pronounced New Zealand as having the seventh most free media in the world (up one from eighth) – see: Press freedom threatened by business imperatives . The main point

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