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Anne Harris: Free speech has a cost -- but its value is priceless

The internet's anonymous plagiarists threaten to destroy our industries of knowledge and culture -- but we'll put up a good fight, writes Anne Harris

Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00

TWO-AND-A-HALF CHEERS FOR NEWSPAPERS: Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in a scene from 'All The
President's Men', the 1976 movie based on how one newspaper broke the story of the Watergate cover-up
TWO-AND-A-HALF CHEERS FOR NEWSPAPERS: Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in a scene from 'All The President's Men', the 1976 movie based on how one newspaper broke the story of the Watergate cover-up

THE debate about press freedom has never been what anyone would call the icebreaker at a dinner party. Always a conversation-killer, a free press has in the past been like the dinner party itself -- a peace-time luxury. You don't miss it until it's gone.

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That is why, when we suddenly find the debate assuming an urgency in several countries in the free world, we have to wonder what's going on.

Is press freedom under threat? Always.

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