The Victorian Government has awarded a fiction writer, Richard Flanagan, their highest award for outstanding journalism.
The judges awarded the John Curtin Prize for Journalism to Richard Flanagan for an article on “the tragedy” of Tasmania’s forests, a piece that was described by Australia’s Minister for Forests, Eric Abetz, in June last year as including 70 deliberate or inexcusable errors of fact, selective citing of fact, or twisting of facts.
The award comes just a week after Guardian journalist Nick Davies described journalism as increasingly about falsehood, distortion and propaganda at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Mr Davies has written a book on the trajedy entitled Flat Earth News.
My advice, keep reading blogs!
Out of Control: The Tragedy of Tasmania’s Forests
Richard Flanagan, Published in The Monthly, May 2007, No. 23
Hat tip to Alan Ashbarry