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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Censorship of Foreign Media Through Intimidation

I think this is a subject that has yet to be properly addressed. While various sources report,- and credibly at that,- that terror groups and despotic regimes such as that of Saddam Hussein or Yasser Arafat use intimidation of locally accredited reporters and their staff, there does not appear to be a comprehensive study of that phenomena.

In his article Jeff Jacoby gives a good account of how intimidation is facilitated by the Palestinian Authority. I think this is a good case in point. I also think that to an extent the kidnapping and consequent murder of Daniel Pearl was another manifestation of the same phenomena. And while a comprehensive report on the practice is yet to arrive, we must bear in mind that the practice does exist and that even the best journalists working for an independent news media organization are at times unable to report the whole truth from many a place on the globe,- and for a good reason as oftentimes not only are their lives on the line, but also those of their local employees who in effect become hostages of sorts.

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