24 Apr 2020

Bicycles in hot demand: What we're reading

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Journalist's hollow victory has a sting in the tail

The Australian / George Williams

Journalist Annika Smethurst won a victory last week when the High Court found a warrant Federal Police relied on to search her home was invalid. But, George Williams, dean of law at the University of NSW, said the decision had a sting in its tail. "Having had the warrant declared invalid, Smethurst naturally sought the return of her data on the USB stick. A majority of the High Court refused to order this. They did not see her as having any legal entitlement to its return."

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In India, a Pandemic of Prejudice and Repression

The New York Times / Siddharth Varadarajan

Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire and an adviser to the Judith Neilson Institute, says the coronavirus outbreak has allowed authoritarianism and anti-Muslim sentiment to flourish in India.

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‘Rational’ Malcolm gets let off lightly — unlike the subjects of his book

Crikey / Stephen Brook

Brook runs his eye over former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's appearance on 7.30 earlier this week and ponders whether he got off lightly. Reporting in this article was supported by a grant the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

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36,000 missing deaths: tracking the true toll of the coronavirus crisis

The New York Times / Jin Wu, Allison McCann, Josh Katz and Elian Peltier

"At least 36,000 more people have died during the coronavirus pandemic over the last month than the official Covid-19 death counts report, a review of mortality data in 11 countries shows — providing a clearer, if still incomplete, picture of the toll of the crisis." This is a great example of data analysis journalism.

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'Bicycles are the new toilet paper': bike sales boom as coronavirus lockdown residents crave exercise

The Guardian / Justine Landis-Hanley

Bike retailers in Australia are struggling to keep up with demand from consumers eager for pedal power. This reporting was supported by a grant from the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

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