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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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The Terror Dynamic

The Terror Dynamic

(p.63) Three The Terror Dynamic
The New Censorship

Joel Simon

Columbia University Press

This chapter details how the terror threat has transformed the way large media organizations function around the world. Cautious of kidnappings and bombings, journalists sometimes have to report from secured bunkers and are generally more reluctant to meet with sensitive sources for fear of abduction. As a result, critical stories have gone largely unreported. The lack of information has created difficulties for policy makers and undermined global understanding. The terror/anti-terror dynamic has played out differently and in various circumstances, and every single time has had a harmful effect on the work of media, transforming the coverage of war over the last decade. The chapter illustrates how similar dynamics took place wherever al-Qaeda is involved, from Afghanistan and Yemen, to Mali and Syria.

Keywords:   terror threat, large media organizations, journalists, critical stories, terror/anti-terror, war coverage, al-Qaeda

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