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Brave new news world

As the world becomes even more polarised, knowing how to defend oneself as the information wars play out is crucial.

There is also an element of social inequality in getting information. Just as the poor suffer bad nutrition because they eat cheap food, they could also suffer from a diet of misinformation if they cannot afford to pay for quality news.

SOME years ago, when I was in Washington DC, I visited the Newseum, an institution celebrating journalism and the American First Amendment which protects, among other things, freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

I saw the visit as a pilgrimage of sorts. I grew up respecting the...

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