Don't believe everything you read
Set in the busy newsroom of a daily newspaper, this highly acclaimed, provocative drama presents a dark cocktail of political corruption, power struggles, crime and betrayal, as its ensemble cast navigate the blurred lines of morality and integrity.
When Mario Kardum, an influential and politically conservative building contractor from a powerful family, buys a left-liberal newspaper in deep financial trouble, he has two questionable underlying motives. Firstly, he wants to keep the investigation of his mother as a hit and run perpetrator out of the news. Secondly, he wants to coerce the paper into writing favourably about the presidential candidate he is backing.
But, in this highly charged workplace, Kardum is not the only person with dubious morals, potentially damaging secrets, misguided loyalties and selfish motivations. While some fight to maintain the paper’s editorial integrity, others are overwhelmed by their own corrupt connections. Whatever side of the fence they fall on, all of them have their own secrets, personal demons to fight and their agendas to fulfil, which deeply affect their moral compasses.
Spotlighting the universally fascinating relationship between the media, the government, the church and law enforcement, as well as the powerful social elite and their corporations, The Paper is a blistering, fast-paced account of the obstacles and dilemmas faced by today’s press. Has the profession of journalism, once so important, become nothing more than an instrument to achieve other, even greater interests?