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Alan Rusbridger examines the past, present and future of the press: social media has created a vast amount of unreliable and false news which now competes with, and sometimes drowns, more established forms of journalism. The President of the United States regularly lies to the public and brands his critics ‘fake’. Politicians openly rubbish the views of ‘so-called experts’. Where can we look for reliable, verifiable sources of news and information? What does all this mean for democracy? And what will the future hold?
‘an urgent reminder that there is still a place for real journalism – indeed, our democracies depend on it.’ Edward Snowden
‘a fascinating book and…an important one.’ Scotsman
‘Alan Rusbridger by great daring, flair, fine judgment and consistent courage has… enhanced the worldwide reputation of a great newspaper… It has been very good for journalism and all of us’ Sir Harold Evans
‘well written and unskimped’ Tom Stoppard in the TLSBooks of the Year 2018
One of the Book Authority’s Best Journalism Books of All Time.
Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media 1995–2015, launched the Guardian in the US and Australia as well as building a website which today attracts more than 100 million unique browsers a month. The paper’s coverage of phone-hacking led to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards and ethics. GuardianUS won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service for its leading global coverage of the Snowden revelations. Alan is the author of Play It Again.