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We often hear that such and such a piece of information cannot be released into the public domain in the interest of national security.

Correct answer: (c) domain

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Journalists however love to get hold of a story somehow but they run the risk of facing a backlash if they break the official secrects act.

Correct answer: (b) backlash

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When there is a high profile inquiry taking place, the rush to get more details is intense.

Correct answer: (a) high profile

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The more the authorities try to conceal what is happening, the more it fuels speculation about what might be happening.

Correct answer: (d) speculation

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Sometimes a journalist will get hold of sensitive information knowing that he will get savaged by government agencies if he dares reveal it.

Correct answer: (c) savaged

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The person in charge of the enquiry will occasionally signal what can be disclosed in newspapers.

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Once this disclosure is highlighted it's the job of the journalist to follow it through to a satisfactory conclusion.

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Mind you it has to be a convincing article because the reading public can soon see through the transparency of a weak argument.

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The question must always be in the mind of the writer whether what is being written is likely to pose a threat to the safety of the community at large.

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The last possible thing that anyone wants to happen to their country is to turn it into a haven for troublemakers.

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