One of Australia’s most respected journalists, David Marr, has resigned from Fairfax Media’s Sydney Morning Herald.
Marr was one of the signatories of last month’s statement to shareholder Gina Rinehart, who is seeking seats on the board, on the importance of the company’s charter of editorial independence.
At the time, SMH economics editor Ross Gittins threatened to resign if Fairfax’ editorial independence was threatened. Marr said in interview with the Sydney Morning Herald last week “I love newspapers, I want newspapers to survive.”
Editorial director Garry Linnell said it was with “enormous regret” that he announced Marr had “chosen to mark his 65th birthday today by leaving us. David has had four stints at Fairfax and our publications. Our readers and our staff have been richer for it.”