- Series: Columbia Journalism Review Books
- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 023116064X
- ISBN-13: 978-0231160643
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom (Columbia Journalism Review Books)
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From his vantage point as director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon has worked tirelessly to get kidnapped or imprisoned reporters freed. He's campaigned globally for justice in cases of murdered journalists. In The New Censorship, he warns us of new threats – like the insidious information management techniques of "democratators" Vladimir Putin and Recip Tayyip Erdogan. Simon's prescriptions for how to counter these new challenges are wise and insightful. He offers hope to all who care about maintaining the free flow of information in a world full of would-be censors. (Ann Cooper, Columbia Journalism School)
Joel Simon is a warrior for press freedom and the place of journalists in every culture and country. Here he writes with characteristic passion and insight on the importance of fighting press censorship around the world, reminding us that we have new tools but old demons remain. (Tom Brokaw, NBC News)
Fascinating and comprehensive, The New Censorship should become a bible for anyone seeking an honest, up-to-date grasp of the global state of press freedom. Well written and lucidly argued, this is a must-read. (Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer for The New Yorker, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life)
Simon's assessment of what it means to be a journalist and his call to action at book's end are moving and practical. A must-read. (Booklist (starred review))
Simon makes a persuasive case that the global trend is toward less, not greater, freedom of the press. (New Yorker)
A case for why the goal of upholding 'press freedom' needs to expand, in the digital age, to defending 'freedom of information.' (David Greenberg The American Prospect)
About the Author
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 publications. He is also the author of Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge and lives in Brooklyn with his family.
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A survey in 2011 for the Freedom of The Press index states that only fifteen percent of the world's citizens live in countries with a free press.
Citizen journalism is also discussed; this is reporting on the spot by means of phone tweets, vid clips and posting on social sites about events as they unfold. Repressive regimes such as in China crack down on the internet; they censor posts by their own citizens and block those from other countries.
As the author is established with media outlets, he does at times display a partisanship towards mass media and against unregulated, possibly activist led citizen journalism. He may well be right. He also gives a little space to the necessity for regulation and self regulation among the established media if people are not to be libelled.
Overall this will be of interest to students of journalism or world geopolitics, and will provide the information that the average person needs in order better to understand and appreciate the work of journalists.