SevenCubed - 2:35 pm on Aug 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
How important are newspapers? Well here in Canada a "Do Not Call" law was implemented a few years back to curb telemarketers. But, excluded from the law were not-for-profit organizations, and...newspapers, so they can continue to call you up to try to get you to subscribe. There must have been some extensive thought put into that for "the powers to be" to continue to allow newspapers the right to telemarket their product.
Some might argue that newspapers and reporters have lost their sense of ethics but I think that varies largely according to the underlying social norms of the society they cater to with it being worst in some. The more laid-back the people are in some countries the more likely the press will be able to get meaningful valuable stories into the mainstream daily conversations. Whereas, in countries that have citizens who constantly crave to be entertained, well they get the seedy sensational stuff.
I do think it would be a loss to any nation to loose their long established unbiased investigators who strive to keep people informed.