By Dr Alison Broinowski
Unless Australians have the time and inclination to search for foreign news in translation, or have the language capacity for it, they get only one side of most stories. That includes many in government. This matters when the news concerns war, because then the media become recyclers of propaganda from one side, unchallenged by the other. The minimal presence of Australian foreign correspondents in most countries – none now in China, and few in Asia – makes observers one-eyed at best, dependent on Western sources.