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Who should pay for news online?

Facebook blocked news content in Australia to protest against proposed payment law.

A battle about news content appearing online is pitting Australia against two of the world’s biggest tech firms.

The government wants to force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for journalism.

Facebook responded by blocking the viewing and sharing of news articles in Australia.

After threatening to pull out of the country, Google signed payment deals with media firms.

Canada and the European Union are considering similar legislation.

Who will win this battle – governments or big tech?

Presenter: Nick Clark


Julie Posetti – Global director of research, International Center for Journalists

Courtney Radsch – Advocacy director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Catalina Goanta – Assistant professor in private law, Maastricht University