By June Ramli
Richard Ackland’s fascination with the world of news and current affairs started at a very early age.
“I remember as a young person that whenever there was a new newspaper, I would sign up and would always be interested in world and social and economic issues. My siblings and parents were not into journalism, my sister became a teacher and my father, he was a businessman. No one encouraged me into journalism.”
But journalism has been his calling. He has been a journalist for the past 36 years and has written for many media outlets. His writings have been featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian and The Saturday Paper. He has also presented the ABC’s Media Watch.
Richard Ackland says his passion for free speech and human rights drove him into journalism. On graduating with economics and law degrees from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University respectively, he began his career at The Daily Telegraph in 1970 when it was owned by Sir Frank Packer. He later joined The Financial Review, reporting for the economics desk, in 1972. More…