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The New CensorshipInside the Global Battle for Media Freedom$
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Joel Simon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160643

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160643.001.0001

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A Murder in Pakistan

A Murder in Pakistan

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction A Murder in Pakistan
Source:
The New Censorship
Author(s):

Joel Simon

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231160643.003.0001

This introductory chapter narrates the story of the bin Laden killing and the efforts to control the news of its aftermath, all of which highlighted the vulnerability and complexity of the system of global information that has evolved since the dawn the Internet age. The bin Laden raid was covered the old-fashioned way by reporters on the ground who provided both firsthand accounts and informed analysis of the event. The chapter explains how at present, the old information order dominated by powerful media corporations has been flipped and transformed by a new system in which technology has enabled individuals and loosely constructed organizations to participate in the process of gathering and distributing global news. It states how the book seeks to describe the system as it exists today, identify the challenges, and outline the strategies needed to meet them.

Keywords:   bin Laden killing, global information, Internet age, old information order, global news

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