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Greens propose public journalism fund

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017

The Green Party say they'll do their bit to ease the pressure on journalism with a planned $3 million public interest journalism fund if they form government.

Broadcasting spokesman Garth Hughes announced the plan at a 'Journalism Still Matters' event at Parliament on Friday saying the pressures of financial and technological disruption are taking their toll on great journalism in New Zealand.

"Reading, hearing and watching stories about New Zealanders, by New Zealanders, for New Zealanders is critical for our democracy and helps strengthen our national identity," he said.

"Government can play a role in making sure those stories are being told and those voices are being heard."

The contestable fund would be available through Creative New Zealand and would fund one-off journalism and specialist journalists' salaries.

Stories that result would have to be freely available to the public.

The Green party has also promised to restore Radio New Zealand's funding to an inflation-adjusted $3.2 million.

Funding for the public broadcaster was frozen in 2008.

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