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It’s as if they automatically leave behind the very abilities and skills that made them successful journalists in the first place, like that inbuilt scepticism about governments and rulers of all stripes and colours. Very strange.
Well, some journalists know better.
One of them is Caroline Overington, an Australian journalist who has worked in the past for The Age in Melbourne, as a foreign correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and at present, as a senior columnist with The Australian. She is also a past winner of the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism, the most prestigious journalistic award in the country.
In her column in The Australian this morning, Ms Overington tells of a visit to Cuba two years ago that changed her views about Castro forever. It’s an eye-opener.
As you will see, she uses her recollections of that visit as a reference point to my new book, Child of the Revolution: Growing up in Castro’s Cuba. So, yes, I have a personal interest in her column, but that's irrelevant in this case.
Make up your own mind. Read her column here.