Alexandra Wake is a senior lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne. Dr Wake became a journalism academic after a long career specialising in international broadcasting. Her research and teaching is focused on new technologies for journalism, particularly in cultures outside advanced liberal democracies. She is currently working on a book about changes to the media in the Asia-Pacific.
With so much information swirling around, especially on social media, just what should we believe?
Even in the age of 24/7 news, governments are good at keeping the cameras away from persecuted communities.
Authoritarian governments are quick to claim “fake news” in a neighbourhood crackdown on press freedom.