American daily newspaper the Washington Post in 2017 adopted the tagline “Democracy dies in darkness”. The slogan wanted to communicate a simple yet powerful message to the American public: that press freedom is crucial in maintaining a functioning democracy. Illuminating the truth and getting the public to know what is deliberately hidden from them is perhaps journalism’s greatest virtue.

Here at home, we know too well the role credible media has played and continues to play in holding the powerful, both in the public and private sector accountable. But good journalism is not its own reward. It takes great resources to produce the type of journalism that is not only ground-breaking but can contribute to changing public policy...

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