A collaboration between Fairfax Media and ABC Four Corners has won the highest honour in Victorian journalism – the Gold Quill – for coverage of Chinese meddling in Australian politics.
The award, for work in 2017, was presented at the Melbourne Press Club’s annual Quill Awards dinner in Melbourne on Friday 16 March 2018.
The judge’s said: “This powerful and forensic investigation by Fairfax Media and the ABC cut to the heart of one of the biggest issues of our time, the manipulation of Western democracies by totalitarian regimes. It exposed the alarming extent of clandestine Chinese Government meddling in Australian politics – and laid bare the extent to which both the Coalition and Labor have been compromised at the highest levels by Chinese political donations.”
The Gold Quill carries a $7500 prize, supported by the Melbourne Press Club’s Principal Sponsor Virgin Australia.
2017 Gold Quill judges were Melbourne Press Club CEO Mark Baker (Chair), Seven News presenter Jennifer Keyte, NewsCorp Victoria Editorial Business Manager Tom Salom and ABC Breakfast co-presenter Virginia Trioli.
A total of 29 individual Quills were awarded to recognise the best journalism in 2017 in print, television, radio and online.
'Power and Influence', ABC Four Corners
'China's Operation Australia', Fairfax Media