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Not for the first time, Elon Musk is making enemies of people who fervently back the free speech principles he apparently cares so deeply about.

Now Elon Musk is attacking Wikipedia

In the Tesla CEO’s world, no media source can be considered trustworthy, particularly those that criticise him.

  • Dave Lee

This Month

Journalist turned author Trent Dalton says he is grateful every day for his new vocation.

Fastest-selling debut novelist in Australia gets Netflix series

Journalist turned bestselling author Trent Dalton says he owes a huge debt to his hometown of Brisbane for turning his and his family’s life around.

  • Updated
  • Mark Ludlow


The power of data: here’s what the Financial Review knows about you

You probably just read about house prices. If we’re doing our jobs, you’ll peruse this too.

  • Lauren Vadnjal

A note on this year’s Power issue – and why we published AI deepfakes

When our overt, covert and cultural power lists appear on towards the end of the week, you’ll notice some rather bizarre images of our power listers.

  • Matthew Drummond

Like his father, The Son King divides opinion

Lachlan Murdoch can be incredibly charming and charismatic. But some call him vindictive and prickly. Once out of the tent, there is rarely a way back in.

  • Max Mason and Mark Di Stefano
For Rupert Murdoch, the succession question is no longer open.

The audacious deals that built the Murdoch empire

Rupert Murdoch forged his empire by his continual readiness to bet the company on whatever venture he was facing. Mostly he was right.

  • Neil Chenoweth, Michael Smith and Trevor Sykes
Rupert Murdoch

Lachlan has the nod, but Succession drama continues

Intrigue surrounds the Murdoch media empire after the announcement that Rupert is handing over the reins to his son, Lachlan.

  • Andrew Clark
Former PM Malcolm Turnbull blames media tycoon Rupert Murdoch for the decline of democracy in the US.

Labor MPs wish Murdoch well, Turnbull unleashes again

Malcolm Turnbull says retiring media mogul’s local outlets are “more propaganda than news”. Serving MPs were more careful in their assessment of Rupert Murdoch.

  • Andrew Tillett
General photos of the Victorian start of the “No” Campaign Launch in Melbourne on Friday  15 September 2023. Photo THE AGE/

I’m a member of a group that endorsed the Voice against my wishes

Copyright Australia should stick with the humdrum responsibility of collecting copyright payments rather than backing political causes.

  • Aaron Patrick
Tom Wolfe in 2005.

Author Tom Wolfe and the birth of quant investing

The Bonfire of the Vanities author discovered the first fund managers who used mathematics to trade the financial markets.

  • Aaron Brown
Sex-education campaigner and author Chanel Contos.

Contos wants your teenage boys to understand sex

At 15, I learnt that what I considered regular male sexual behaviour was criminal. The realisation helped ignite a national movement.

  • Chanel Contos


Jag Sanger was a co-founder of The Market Herald.

Ousted founder accuses Market Herald executives of tanking the company

Amid a protracted dispute about control of the owner of Gumtree and HotCopper, the ousted chief executive says new management has “tanked” the business.

  • Mark Di Stefano
InStyle’s editor-in-chief, Justine Cullen

Physical magazines are making a comeback, with or without readers

Are Media is set to relaunch a hard copy of Elle, while Men’s and Women’s Health are also being revived. What is going on?

  • Sam Buckingham-Jones and Lauren Sams
Nine Entertainment chief executive Mike Sneesby.

Nine reveals how many people pay for Stan

Nine’s CEO Mike Sneesby shared surprisingly low churn numbers for Stan, as well as flat revenue and double-digit falls in earnings and profit.

  • Sam Buckingham-Jones
Edmund Tadros and Neil Chenoweth

AFR sweeps the Kennedy Awards for PwC tax leaks

Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros won five awards at the Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism including for their reporting on the PwC tax leaks.

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Ben Roberts-Smith and Kerry Stokes.

Kerry Stokes, Seven forced to hand over Roberts-Smith case emails

Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes and his commercial director Bruce McWilliam will be forced to hand over thousands of their emails exchanged with Ben Roberts-Smith’s legal team.

  • Max Mason
Nick McKenzie (left) and Chris Masters in Sydney on June 1.

Two investigative reporters go from collaborators to competitors

In a small market, Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters have published rival books about their investigation into former SAS corporal Ben Roberts-Smith.

  • Aaron Patrick
Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes.

Billionaire Kerry Stokes wants to buy a public road

Buying the laneway would connect three buildings owned by the media and mining magnate, including the headquarters of his private office.

  • Mark Di Stefano and Max Mason


The disruptions to business caused by the pandemic helped litigators dominate the latest lists compiled by ratings agency Best Lawyers.

Federal Court invites suppression orders under new access rules

One leading media lawyer said the new rules potentially compromised the public’s right to know what was happening in court.

  • Max Mason
Anna Wintour and Edward Enninful.

The podcast with the story behind the stories you never read

For anyone who is fascinated by the world of media – or who just wants to know more about the stories that never made it to the world – this is a must-listen.

  • Lauren Sams