Tag Archives: censorship

Clouds of war gather over the Internet

The Internet is approaching a crisis. Authoritarian regimes censor and manipulate it to suppress dissent, western governments pursue online whistleblowers and Wikileakers, big business wants to track consumers’ every move. Supposedly liberal governments from the United States to Australia have proved as eager as their conservative predecessors to constrain it. And the media? They have largely been silent,… Read More

Who will blink first?

Fiji’s military dictator and recently re-elected Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama wanted to be remembered as a man who implemented reform. But it is the very journalists he is now bullying who will be writing his legacy. Almost 10 years have now passed since this article was first published, but has anything really changed in the Pacific islands state? … Read More

Prince Harry at war

When should the media exercise self-censorship? Reporting when the British Royal Prince Harry was posted to his army unit in the Gulf sparked an international debate about media responsibility when lives might be put at risk. It also contained some useful lessons for the spin doctors on how they should relate to journalists when trust is required from all parties. Read More