The Prime Minister's office is exerting influence on unfavourable journalism, claims Senior Lecturer

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You may or may not have noticed that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has instituted a new and worrying practice at her press conferences: she decides who asks the questions.

It used to be the loudest and best questions were answered, or sometimes the most respected. Journalists fought for the question....but now Ardern seems to be cherry-picking them, and the conferences don't last longer than half an hour each day.

Massey University Senior Lecturer Dr Steven Elers joins Ryan Bridge to discuss his growing concerns that the PM's office is exerting influence on media and editorial decisions, pressuring outlets into changing stories they don't like.

Listen to the interview above.