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Newstalk: George Hook has been working at a station where the line between news and opinion has blurred

Newstalk: George Hook has been working at a station where the line between news and opinion has blurred

Last week Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by three masked men outside her home in Bangalore. She was a newspaper editor and a critic of right-wing extremism and of India’s Hindu nationalist government – and just one of at least 33 media workers killed so far this year for doing their jobs.

This week the independent newspaper columnist and radio broadcaster Yulia Latynina fled Russia after a series of attacks culminating in the setting alight of her car. A Turkish court remanded four members of the board and staff of Cumhuriyet newspaper to prison, where they join about 150 other journalists. In Hungary and Poland, both members of the European Union, state-owned media have been taken under government control and turned into outlets for official propaganda.

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