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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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Informing the Global Citizen

Informing the Global Citizen

(p.11) One Informing the Global Citizen
The New Censorship

Joel Simon

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses how technology has transformed the ways news is circulated around the world. As stated by Yves Daccord, director general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), firsthand documentation is increasingly accomplished by anyone with a smartphone, including average citizens, bloggers, and activists. However, journalists are still greatly needed; citizen-reporters can be overwhelmed with information, and may struggle to understand its implications and formulate responses. The most important figures in the global information ecosystem are local journalists—they are the ones informing global citizens, in addition to being jailed and killed as a result of their increased importance in the absence of international correspondents. The chapter emphasizes how new systems of control are suppressing the global conversation and disrupting the advancement of policies and solutions based on an informed understanding of the local realities.

Keywords:   news, Yves Daccord, ICRC, journalists, citizen-reporters, global information, local journalists, global citizens

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