The company that owns Facebook and Instagram has said it will not renew commercial agreements with Australia’s major news organisations, and smaller publishers. It has outlets concerned about what the loss of these contracts’ worth tens of millions of dollars might mean for newsrooms and journalist jobs. As Matthew Ward Agius reports, the government does have the tools to force companies to pay, but it’s not yet clear whether this is the best way forward.

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Produced By: Matthew Ward Agius

Featured In Story: Sacha Molitorisz – senior lecturer at University of Technology Sydney law school and Centre for Media Transition , Anna Draffin – Chief Executive of the Public Interest of Journalism Initiative , and

First aired on The Wire, Thursday 7th March 2024