An Austrian investigation has highlighted how interaction between the media and political players can deteriorate into corruption and abuse.
As Australia’s Parliament works through the National Anti-Corruption Commission, there’s news out of Austria that asks a big question: what’s the role of news media in corruption — not as reporters, but as players, even accomplices?
Misuse of government advertising, dodgy polls to boost political allies, politicised appointments to supposedly independent posts — the investigation by Austria’s Public Prosecutor’s Office for Economic Crime and Corruption has got it all. It’s already ended the career of once-was-rising conservative star Sebastian Kurz.
And it’s forcing a recognition that everyday practices can deteriorate into the dodgy, from the dodgy to abuse of power, from abuse into corruption.
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