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Politiken - Denmark | Thursday, August 8, 2013

Washington Post is not a toy

The social-liberal daily Politiken finds Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' acquisition of the Washington Post unsettling: "If first you buy a Ferrari, then a luxury yacht and then a football club perhaps a newspaper is just the next toy to play with. This would be a problematic trend. Dailies that aim for high journalistic quality are a key part of the democratic placenta, here as in the US. … But we must exercise restraint with our doubts regarding Bezos. In an open letter to the employees he stressed his journalistic interests, saying the aim was to pursue the truth 'no matter the cost'. Time will tell whether this will also lead to critical journalism on the Internet book trade, the electronic reader Kindle or other Amazon core business segments."

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