The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

Hardcover | November 11, 2014

byJoel Simon

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Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record numbers. Online surveillance is annihilating privacy, and the Internet can be brought under government control at any time. Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, warns that we can no longer assume that our global information ecosystem is stable, protected, and robust. Journalists are increasingly vulnerable to attack by authoritarian governments, militants, criminals, and terrorists, who all seek to use technology, political pressure, and violence to set the global information agenda.

Reporting from Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and Mexico, among other hotspots, Simon finds journalists under threat from all sides. The result is a growing crisis in information-a shortage of the news we need to make sense of our globalized world and fight human rights abuses, manage conflict, and promote accountability. Drawing on his experience defending journalists on the front lines, he calls on "global citizens," U.S. policy makers, international law advocates, and human rights groups to create a global freedom-of-expression agenda tied to trade, climate, and other major negotiations. He proposes ten key priorities, including combating the murder of journalists, ending censorship, and developing a global free-expression charter to challenge the criminal and corrupt forces that seek to manipulate the world's news.

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Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record numbers. Online surveillance is annihilating privacy, and the Internet can be brought under government control at any time. Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, warns that we can no longer assume that our global information ecosystem is stable...

Joel Simon is the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and has written widely on media issues. He is a regular contributor to Slate and the Columbia Journalism Review, and his articles and commentary have appeared in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, World Policy Journal, and other publicati...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 11, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023116064X

ISBN - 13:9780231160643

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: A Murder in Pakistan1. Informing the Global Citizen2. The Democratators3. The Terror Dynamic4. Hostage to the News5. Web Wars6. Under Surveillance7. Murder Central8. Journalists by Definition9. News of the Future (and the Future of News)NotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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A case for why the goal of upholding 'press freedom' needs to expand, in the digital age, to defending 'freedom of information.'